Monthly Archives: February 2015

Q&A with Assistant Dean Susie Spies Roth

graphic-SpiesRothSusan_v2011-01-13;010114Susan Spies Roth holds the position of Assistant Dean of Student Services and Academic Excellence, a position that is unique among top law schools. Assistant Dean Spies Roth sat down with our office to tell us more about the work that she does for our program in addition to her experiences as both an alumnus and dean.

So tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a double purple — I attended both college and law school at Northwestern. I graduated with a double major in French and psychology in 2001 from the Evanston campus and then taught French for two years. After that, I returned to Northwestern where I graduated from the Law School in 2006. It was the best three years of my life, and I would repeat it over again if I could!

Upon graduation, I clerked for Judge Kenneth Ripple of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and then worked in the general litigation group at Sidley Austin here in Chicago for two years. I then came back to Northwestern Law and now serve as the Assistant Dean of Student Services and Academic Excellence in addition to being a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law.

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Meet a Student: Marie Salter, JD ’15

Technolutions SlateName: Marie Salter

Program: JD ’15

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate Institution and Degree Program(s): Washington University in St. Louis, History and Creative Writing

Pre-Law School Professional Experience: Teach for America — 10th grade English Teacher

Chicago Neighborhood You Live In: Lakeview

Law School Activities: Wigmore Follies, Journal of International Law and Business, Latino Law Students Association

Why You Chose Northwestern Law: Northwestern Law won me over because of the people here! My fellow students are not only smart and talented, but are also from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Everyone has a different story and we benefit from sharing those experiences! I also loved the idea of going to school in the city. It’s an amazing place to be a student with all the city has to offer — art, music, nightlife, and public transit to get to all of it! It’s also a great boon for your career, since law firms and legal organizations are easily accessible for networking.

Favorite Thing About Northwestern Law: Northwestern Law truly allows you to carve your own path. My class schedules have reflected my personal interests from year one. I’ve taken real estate and environmental classes every year, and when I finally ran out I was able to craft my own senior research project working with my favorite professor on a topic I’m really passionate about!

One Piece of Advice for Incoming Law Students: Don’t forget to be a person as well as a law student. There are tons of ways to explore your personal passions while still focusing on school. I love music, so I’ve been involved with Wigmore Follies since my 1L year and it’s an amazing outlet for those things. I would be a worse student if I didn’t get to sing and dance a little too! No matter where you go to school, don’t ignore the things that matter to you.

Summer Plans or Post-Graduation Plans I’ll be joining the Real Estate Department at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Chicago. Before starting at my firm, I’ll also be doing a fellowship at Alliance for the Great Lakes, an environmental organization.

Careers in Tax Law Webinar

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Northwestern Law’s Tax Program will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, November 15 at 12:00 pm CST.  The webinar will focus on the Tax Program curriculum, as well as career opportunities available to those interested in tax law!

Mary Maher, Associate Director of Legal Careers, will discuss the career paths that our graduates pursue in various areas of tax law. David Cameron, Professor of Practice and Associate Director of the Tax Program, will then provide a summary of how our LLM Tax Program gives students a foundational understanding and the specialized skills needed to practice tax law successfully.

Please email for more information about this webinar or Northwestern Law’s Tax Program. We hope you’ll join us!

2015 Spring Semester Class Visits

During the fall and spring semesters, Northwestern Law visitors are welcome to sit in on almost any class we offer. We typically encourage visitors to check out 1L courses, as they provide the best sense of what the first year of law school will be like. However, we have a number of elective course offerings this semester that highlight the diversity of classes offered at Northwestern Law.

We asked our Student Admissions Committee, a group of students who work closely with the Admissions Office each year, to give us their best across the board class recommendations. Here’s what they said:

1L Required Courses

Course Professor Day Time
Constitutional Law Professor Delaney Thursday, Friday 1:30 – 2:55 p.m.
Constitutional Law Professor Kontorovich Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:55 – 11:50 a.m.
Constitutional Law Professor Koppelman Thursday, Friday 1:30 – 2:55 p.m.
Constitutional Law Professor Redish Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:55 – 11:50 a.m.
Criminal Law Professor Kleinfeld Monday, Tuesday 4:00 – 5:55 p.m.
Criminal Law Professor Peery Thursday, Friday 1:30 – 2:55 p.m.
Property Professor Barsa Thursday, Friday 1:30 – 2:55 p.m.
Property Professor Yuracko Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:55 – 11:50 a.m.

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