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Northeastern / Northeastern for Big Law? Pros/cons?
« on: October 23, 2008, 01:32:47 AM »
I went to Northeastern Law never intending to practice in the public interest sector. I hoped to work at a large Boston firm from day one.

Co-op (PRO!) The co-op system was amazing in helping me gain some fantastic contacts (fed. judges, DAs, etc.) in the New England legal community and I did very well during on campus recruiting for "Big Law" jobs. Though NUSL is a strong public interest school, employers in every area really appreciate students with experience and some knowledge of "real life" legal practice. Overall, law school is what you make of it. If you have a goal, crush first year, and learn how to distiguish yourself, you'll be all set.

Making money on co-op (pro!) I have been able to earn between $1000/wk - $3100/wk on three of my four co-ops (my first was an unpaid judicial clerkship).

The grades (pro & con) - Trust me, everyone in Boston and most of New England understands NUSL's system. While profs use "buzzwords" rather than traditional letters, they often write an entire page about your exam, writing skills, participation, etc. NUSL has co-op employers in nearly every state and 100+ countries, and everyone gets the system. It can be a pain for employers to have to read pages of evaluations, but I have found most employers appreciate the additional info.

Lastly, the Law Review (pro!) - NUSL now has a Law Journal http://www.nulj.org for 2L's/3L's. The school knows that while many of its students go into public interest, a significant amount go into private practice, and we all need opportunities to distinguish ourselves. The school is working to create more opportunities, and the Journal is one of them.

Hope this helps. Good luck!!

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Northeastern / Re: Northeastern Curriculum
« on: October 23, 2008, 01:31:45 AM »
The co-op quarters are actually a nice break.  You get away from the all-law-school, all-the-time schedule to a 9-5 Monday through Friday schedule.  Co-op gives you the opportunity to not only make contacts in the legal community but learn more than you ever could in a classroom setting.  Many co-ops offer the students the opportunity to draft motions, briefs, opinions, possibly advocate in court.  Several employers have students representing clients and experiencing what it is "really like" to be a lawyer.  (sorry, sounds cheesy, but it's true.)

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Many students interested in Northeastern ask me about the school's public interest reputation.  While NUSL is ranked very highly in the public interest sector, plenty of grads go into private practice (at large and medium sized firms) as well!

I went to Northeastern Law never intending to practice in the public interest sector. I hoped to work at a large Boston firm from day one.  Some pros and cons:

Co-op (PRO!) The co-op system was amazing in helping me gain some fantastic contacts (fed. judges, DAs, etc.) in the New England legal community and I did very well during on campus recruiting for "Big Law" jobs. Though NUSL is a strong public interest school, employers in every area really appreciate students with experience and some knowledge of "real life" legal practice. Overall, law school is what you make of it. If you have a goal, crush first year, and learn how to distinguish yourself, you'll be all set.

Making money on co-op (pro!) I have been able to earn between $1000/wk - $3100/wk on three of my four co-ops (my first was an unpaid judicial clerkship).

The grades (pro & con) - Trust me, everyone in Boston and most of New England understands NUSL's system. While profs use "buzzwords" rather than traditional letters, they often write an entire page about your exam, writing skills, participation, etc. NUSL has co-op employers in nearly every state and 100+ countries, and everyone gets the system. It can be a pain for employers to have to read pages of evaluations, but I have found most employers appreciate the additional info.

Lastly, the Law Review (pro!) - NUSL now has a Law Journal (http://www.nulj.org) for 2L's/3L's. The school knows that while many of its students go into public interest, a significant amount go into private practice, and we all need opportunities to distinguish ourselves. The school is working to create more opportunities, and the Journal is one of them.

Hope this helps. Good luck!!

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Just FYI, I submitted my electronic app via LSAC to Loyola on 10/2/05 and they just requested my report this morning.  Finally, all of my reports have been requested.  Not that it means much but at least I can stop checking my LSAC account.  ;)

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Law School Applications / Re: Why is Loyola so slow??
« on: November 14, 2005, 11:05:04 AM »
Just FYI, I submitted my electronic app via LSAC to Loyola on 10/2/05 and they just requested my report this morning.  Finally!

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Just FYI, I submitted my electronic app via LSAC to Loyola on 10/2/05 and they just requested my report this morning.  Finally!

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Law School Applications / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: November 11, 2005, 03:42:44 PM »
I've gotten a few waivers from schools out of my league as well.  They just do that to boost the number of apps they receive which helps them in the US News rankings. 

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Hastings sent me an email that they received my app but then followed shortly after letting me know that if I didn't apply for binding early action or LEOP, they wouldn't be looking at it until after the holidays.

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Law School Applications / Re: Why is Loyola so slow??
« on: November 11, 2005, 01:21:37 PM »
Thanks for the update jays.  Loyola is the only school that hasn't requested my report as well.  I applied a few weeks after you did, so I'll stop checking my LSAC account until after Thanksgiving.  Nice to know I'm not hanging solo.  ;)

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I sent in all of my electronic apps in the beginning of October and the only one who hasn't requested my LSDAS report is Loyola in Cali.  I actually did call because it had been almost a month and a half and admissions said that they had just started requesting some reports.  Not exactly sure when to be worried.

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