Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2020)

How decided are you on NU?

Tuition deposit is in and I'm ready to go!
24
39%
Tuition deposit not in, but it's an emphatic yes
4
6%
Planning on committing if they give me the right coins (i.e. scholly reconsideration)
8
13%
Still conflicted
7
11%
That's gonna be a no for me
19
31%
 
Total votes: 62

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby BruiseWillis » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:41 pm

I had to skip out on dinner - has anything been decided yet as far as meeting up for drinks?

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby guynourmin » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:58 pm

I'm going home! Have fun tonight. I want to go to the PI and clerkship groups tomorrow morning. People lmk if you'll be at either and when? Would love to meet people! Today's been too long for me though.

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby ray.bee » Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:19 pm

How was Admitted Students Day? :)

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby BruiseWillis » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:58 pm

Anybody going to the closing reception at Howell's?

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby guynourmin » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:00 pm

BruiseWillis wrote:Anybody going to the closing reception at Howell's?

I am, yeah.

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby dietcoke1 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:39 pm

guybourdin wrote:
BruiseWillis wrote:Anybody going to the closing reception at Howell's?

I am, yeah.

+1

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby RedPurpleBlue » Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:42 pm

ray.bee wrote:How was Admitted Students Day? :)


Disclaimer: I only went to Friday's events.

Personally, I had a blast. I arrived at the end of the opening remarks and left right before Wigmore's Follies. I genuinely don't have really much, if anything negative to say, except that they should give me a bigger scholly.

The clinic opportunities sound great but definitely not unique to NU. A lot of other top schools have the same clinics (of course with minor variations). The big difference that was pointed out is that you "bid" on clinics to get in. At the beginning of each 2L and 3L semester, you'll get bid points (3Ls get more than 2Ls). With these points you bid on your classes and the clinics. They will have market prices from the previous year, so you'll know what to bid to get into each class/clinic. This sounds really great to me. I hated having to apply to school organizations as an undergraduate. The panel just said that if you're bidding the right amount of points for their clinic, then they just assume you're interested and as qualified as the rest of the student body. I know at other schools you have to apply, interview, and high grades/good recs/LR to get into some of the very competitive clinics. As for the actual clinic work, it sounds like you could have the chance to travel domestically and internationally, argue in front of a judge, write motions, and do other substantive work. Of course, opportunities vary per clinic. The wrongful convictions clinic likely isn't flying people out to do research/interview in the Congo.

Lunch was dope: deep dish & garret's popcorn.

Class after lunch was garbage fire for me. I was in legislation, and I wanted to claw my eyes out. They seemed to be in the middle of a concept/unit, and it was mostly incoherent if you didn't know much about the concept/unit. The professor (Jacobi) seemed good though. People in the Law and Social Policy course (or whatever it's called) all seemed to give it high marks. I'm a big bummed I didn't pick that one.

The Financial Aid meeting was basically stuff I already knew. The only remotely interesting things (to me) were finding out that federal loans don't capitalize until you leave school and that there is a Pritzker Interest Freedom plan if you fuck up and fail to get a job or get one paying <$90,000 in the private sector. The plan basically pays for your interest for two years if you land in either of those two undesirable positions. Hopefully it'll be irrelevant to me come graduation.

The school tour at 4 was on point. I really liked one of my tour guides. They were very frank and open, like all the other students, about life as a 1L, law school, professors, and anything we'd like to know. The facilities themselves were very nice, especially the Rubloff building. Levy Mayer was older, but it didn't seemed rundown, more classic if anything. The library has three floors, and they look out to the lake. They said the school made the decision to use that space for the law school students instead of faculty when the built the place. The new cafe and fortress of solitude look slick as can be, and it all seems great.

I could really go on forever. I'm in love, hah.

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby guynourmin » Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:11 pm

ray.bee wrote:How was Admitted Students Day? :)

Impressive. I think I'm going to deposit. Lmk if you have any questions about my exp

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby ray.bee » Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:52 am

RedPurpleBlue wrote:
ray.bee wrote:How was Admitted Students Day? :)


Disclaimer: I only went to Friday's events.

Personally, I had a blast. I arrived at the end of the opening remarks and left right before Wigmore's Follies. I genuinely don't have really much, if anything negative to say, except that they should give me a bigger scholly.

The clinic opportunities sound great but definitely not unique to NU. A lot of other top schools have the same clinics (of course with minor variations). The big difference that was pointed out is that you "bid" on clinics to get in. At the beginning of each 2L and 3L semester, you'll get bid points (3Ls get more than 2Ls). With these points you bid on your classes and the clinics. They will have market prices from the previous year, so you'll know what to bid to get into each class/clinic. This sounds really great to me. I hated having to apply to school organizations as an undergraduate. The panel just said that if you're bidding the right amount of points for their clinic, then they just assume you're interested and as qualified as the rest of the student body. I know at other schools you have to apply, interview, and high grades/good recs/LR to get into some of the very competitive clinics. As for the actual clinic work, it sounds like you could have the chance to travel domestically and internationally, argue in front of a judge, write motions, and do other substantive work. Of course, opportunities vary per clinic. The wrongful convictions clinic likely isn't flying people out to do research/interview in the Congo.

Lunch was dope: deep dish & garret's popcorn.

Class after lunch was garbage fire for me. I was in legislation, and I wanted to claw my eyes out. They seemed to be in the middle of a concept/unit, and it was mostly incoherent if you didn't know much about the concept/unit. The professor (Jacobi) seemed good though. People in the Law and Social Policy course (or whatever it's called) all seemed to give it high marks. I'm a big bummed I didn't pick that one.

The Financial Aid meeting was basically stuff I already knew. The only remotely interesting things (to me) were finding out that federal loans don't capitalize until you leave school and that there is a Pritzker Interest Freedom plan if you fuck up and fail to get a job or get one paying <$90,000 in the private sector. The plan basically pays for your interest for two years if you land in either of those two undesirable positions. Hopefully it'll be irrelevant to me come graduation.

The school tour at 4 was on point. I really liked one of my tour guides. They were very frank and open, like all the other students, about life as a 1L, law school, professors, and anything we'd like to know. The facilities themselves were very nice, especially the Rubloff building. Levy Mayer was older, but it didn't seemed rundown, more classic if anything. The library has three floors, and they look out to the lake. They said the school made the decision to use that space for the law school students instead of faculty when the built the place. The new cafe and fortress of solitude look slick as can be, and it all seems great.

I could really go on forever. I'm in love, hah.


It's almost like I was there.. LOL Thanks so much for the info!! :)

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby ray.bee » Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:52 am

guybourdin wrote:
ray.bee wrote:How was Admitted Students Day? :)

Impressive. I think I'm going to deposit. Lmk if you have any questions about my exp

Yay! Congrats! :)

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby guynourmin » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:12 am

There was a woman who asked a similar question in multiple sessions I was in about how to start her own niche area of legal studies. I didn't get a chance to ask you what you were talking about! If you see this,can you PM me? I'm curious.

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby RedPurpleBlue » Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:42 pm

Feel like this place has been dead since ASW started. Wondering if a lot of our normal posters have jumped ship for other schools... :cry:

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby Leviathan1 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:15 am

What about taking FIVE classes per semester during 1L? Is that more stressful than other law schools where the norm seems to be four? Thank you!!

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby MT Cicero » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:25 am

Leviathan1 wrote:What about taking FIVE classes per semester during 1L? Is that more stressful than other law schools where the norm seems to be four? Thank you!!


I didn't find it that big of an issue. Sure, four would be nicer, but some of the schools who go with four also have a couple 4hr courses mixed in there. Also, with four, you're tethered to doctrinal courses/legal writing for the entirety of your 1L year. Because NU does five, your second semester only has TWO required doctrinal courses + legal writing. You'll be able to select your other two classes as electives, and join your 2L and 3L colleagues.

The electives are from a more limited list of the entire NU course menu, but it's probably still 20 classes from which you can choose to mix in with your remaining two doctrinal courses in the spring.

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby symphonyy » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:30 am

those of you whove committed to NU, have you all decided where to live? );

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby 2000andBeyond » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:33 am

RedPurpleBlue wrote:Feel like this place has been dead since ASW started. Wondering if a lot of our normal posters have jumped ship for other schools... :cry:


OMG! I was a complete flake when I got there! I just got carried away enjoying follies and the weekend as a whole that I just became such a ditz about this thread. For that, I apologize!! I would have loved to meet you guys but the good news is, we'll have plenty of time to either meet each other via a future TLS meetup OR organically! <3

I LOVED Northwestern. I loved the faculty, the students, the vibe AND I loved Chicago. I noticed I began drinking the koolaid when people asked me whether or not I was decided. On Thursday it was a no. On Friday it was a "contingent on Penn's waitlist outcomes." On Saturday it was a yes.

For those of you who didn't attend, I hope you can make a visit at some point. It really gave me the clarity that I needed. I look forward to hopefully seeing each and every one of you!

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby dietcoke1 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:38 am

anyone else find the career services skit during follies slightly concerning? also, whoever suzie is, I hope she had plenty of drinks before the show

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby dclaw93 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:41 am

dietcoke1 wrote:anyone else find the career services skit during follies slightly concerning? also, whoever suzie is, I hope she had plenty of drinks before the show

So I missed follies but heard a couple references to this after. Did they basically just imply that career services isn't the most helpful?

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby dietcoke1 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:45 am

dclaw93 wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:anyone else find the career services skit during follies slightly concerning? also, whoever suzie is, I hope she had plenty of drinks before the show

So I missed follies but heard a couple references to this after. Did they basically just imply that career services isn't the most helpful?


basically implied career services isn't helpful at all. but I followed up after and asked current students about it and they said basically some individual counselors are really great but that the big events they put on are useless

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby 2000andBeyond » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:54 am

dietcoke1 wrote:
dclaw93 wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:anyone else find the career services skit during follies slightly concerning? also, whoever suzie is, I hope she had plenty of drinks before the show

So I missed follies but heard a couple references to this after. Did they basically just imply that career services isn't the most helpful?


basically implied career services isn't helpful at all. but I followed up after and asked current students about it and they said basically some individual counselors are really great but that the big events they put on are useless


I also found the Dean Rodriguez part concerning lol

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby dietcoke1 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:55 am

2000andBeyond wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:
dclaw93 wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:anyone else find the career services skit during follies slightly concerning? also, whoever suzie is, I hope she had plenty of drinks before the show

So I missed follies but heard a couple references to this after. Did they basically just imply that career services isn't the most helpful?


basically implied career services isn't helpful at all. but I followed up after and asked current students about it and they said basically some individual counselors are really great but that the big events they put on are useless


I also found the Dean Rodriguez part concerning lol


so did i. it definitely seems like he is hard to reach if your a student there

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby pln2017 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:09 am

dietcoke1 wrote:
2000andBeyond wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:
dclaw93 wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:anyone else find the career services skit during follies slightly concerning? also, whoever suzie is, I hope she had plenty of drinks before the show

So I missed follies but heard a couple references to this after. Did they basically just imply that career services isn't the most helpful?


basically implied career services isn't helpful at all. but I followed up after and asked current students about it and they said basically some individual counselors are really great but that the big events they put on are useless


I also found the Dean Rodriguez part concerning lol


so did i. it definitely seems like he is hard to reach if your a student there


At a panel I attended, a professor flat-out said the previous dean was much more involved in student life.

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby Leviathan1 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:19 am

MT Cicero wrote:
Leviathan1 wrote:What about taking FIVE classes per semester during 1L? Is that more stressful than other law schools where the norm seems to be four? Thank you!!


I didn't find it that big of an issue. Sure, four would be nicer, but some of the schools who go with four also have a couple 4hr courses mixed in there. Also, with four, you're tethered to doctrinal courses/legal writing for the entirety of your 1L year. Because NU does five, your second semester only has TWO required doctrinal courses + legal writing. You'll be able to select your other two classes as electives, and join your 2L and 3L colleagues.

The electives are from a more limited list of the entire NU course menu, but it's probably still 20 classes from which you can choose to mix in with your remaining two doctrinal courses in the spring.


Thank you! that's a good point!

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby RedPurpleBlue » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:25 am

dietcoke1 wrote:anyone else find the career services skit during follies slightly concerning? also, whoever suzie is, I hope she had plenty of drinks before the show


I wasn't at follies, but I don't consider it concerning, because the employment outcomes pretty much speak for themselves imo. As for Dean R, I'm completely fine with him not being very involved with student life. As long as he is addressing the concerns of the students and faculty, I don't care if he hides himself in his office all day. You have real concerns, but I don't think you should have them based off a comedy play that's going to poke fun at everything it possibly can however warranted or not.

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Re: Northwestern Pritzker - Class of 2020

Postby Dondraper88 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:25 pm

I paid my deposit today. I had a great time during ASW and NU seems like a great environment.



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