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Title: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Smokey on December 02, 2006, 02:22:43 PM
Anyone do SEO or know anything about it?  I had some questions...

1)How do you get in?
2)How do they place you with a firm?
3)They say the pay range is $650-$1000.  How do they decide how much you're paid?
4)What is the experience like?  Is there a lot fo work?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on December 04, 2006, 06:41:45 AM
Anyone do SEO or know anything about it?  I had some questions...

1)How do you get in?
2)How do they place you with a firm?
3)They say the pay range is $650-$1000.  How do they decide how much you're paid?
4)What is the experience like?  Is there a lot fo work?

I know people who have done SEO for finance/i banking.  It's a great experience and I'd highly recommend it.  You initially apply online, then they fly you up to NYC for interviews.  They use the 'stress' style of interview, so if you do get selected be prepared and stay cool. I think the pay is determined by the company that you end up at.

On the whole SEO is a great program.  They hook you up with a mentor and you're connected to a huge network of successful minorities.  I think it's a lot of work, but also lots of perks.  Its great on your resume, as the people I know who did it either got hired back to the firm that they worked at and/or had their pick of a number of wall street firms.  If you're even remotely interested in corporate law, do it.  I wish I could!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Smokey on December 04, 2006, 06:42:53 AM
Why can't you?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on December 04, 2006, 01:14:25 PM
Anyone do SEO or know anything about it?  I had some questions...

1)How do you get in?
2)How do they place you with a firm?
3)They say the pay range is $650-$1000.  How do they decide how much you're paid?
4)What is the experience like?  Is there a lot fo work?

I know people who have done SEO for finance/i banking.  It's a great experience and I'd highly recommend it.  You initially apply online, then they fly you up to NYC for interviews.  They use the 'stress' style of interview, so if you do get selected be prepared and stay cool. I think the pay is determined by the company that you end up at.

On the whole SEO is a great program.  They hook you up with a mentor and you're connected to a huge network of successful minorities.  I think it's a lot of work, but also lots of perks.  Its great on your resume, as the people I know who did it either got hired back to the firm that they worked at and/or had their pick of a number of wall street firms.  If you're even remotely interested in corporate law, do it.  I wish I could!

Must concur in the judgment.  I can't tell you how many 22 year olds I met this past summer who hadn't even gone through law school orientation yet, but because of SEO they were chillin at Sullivan, Cravath, Cleary, etc. (pretty much all the top NY firms).  At one point, it was just rediculous because we (law students) kept running into these SEO kids at damn near every law firm or bar association mixer or reception.  If you didn't know any better, you woulda thought they were lawyers for real since they were out so much.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on December 04, 2006, 02:08:31 PM
I got the invite to apply and I'm interested...but I'm really not trying to work the summer before ls.  In fact, I'm going to JA for two weeks, South Carolina for a lil bit, and REALLY trying to go to Greece.  Not trying to work, despite the perks of SEO.

Do it, do it, do it!  I would totally do SEO if I was a US citizen.  If necessary, quit your job earlier and travel before SEO starts.  The advantages are huge.  I had a friend who did SEO for two summers and had a job offer before senior year even started.  When most people were struggling to find jobs, he had multiple offers to choose from.  In addition, the connections are invaluable.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Special Agent Dana Scully on December 04, 2006, 02:10:04 PM
I got the invite to apply and I'm interested...but I'm really not trying to work the summer before ls.  In fact, I'm going to JA for two weeks, South Carolina for a lil bit, and REALLY trying to go to Greece.  Not trying to work, despite the perks of SEO.

Do it, do it, do it!  I would totally do SEO if I was a US citizen.  If necessary, quit your job earlier and travel before SEO starts.  The advantages are huge.  I had a friend who did SEO for two summers and had a job offer before senior year even started.  When most people were struggling to find jobs, he had multiple offers to choose from.  In addition, the connections are invaluable.

but that would mean that I would have to quit my job in may or earlier...fact of the matter is that i want to work longer to save more money.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on December 04, 2006, 02:13:22 PM
I got the invite to apply and I'm interested...but I'm really not trying to work the summer before ls.  In fact, I'm going to JA for two weeks, South Carolina for a lil bit, and REALLY trying to go to Greece.  Not trying to work, despite the perks of SEO.

Do it, do it, do it!  I would totally do SEO if I was a US citizen.  If necessary, quit your job earlier and travel before SEO starts.  The advantages are huge.  I had a friend who did SEO for two summers and had a job offer before senior year even started.  When most people were struggling to find jobs, he had multiple offers to choose from.  In addition, the connections are invaluable.

but that would mean that I would have to quit my job in may or earlier...fact of the matter is that i want to work longer to save more money.

You'll be making plenty of money with SEO.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Special Agent Dana Scully on December 04, 2006, 02:18:37 PM
I got the invite to apply and I'm interested...but I'm really not trying to work the summer before ls.  In fact, I'm going to JA for two weeks, South Carolina for a lil bit, and REALLY trying to go to Greece.  Not trying to work, despite the perks of SEO.

Do it, do it, do it!  I would totally do SEO if I was a US citizen.  If necessary, quit your job earlier and travel before SEO starts.  The advantages are huge.  I had a friend who did SEO for two summers and had a job offer before senior year even started.  When most people were struggling to find jobs, he had multiple offers to choose from.  In addition, the connections are invaluable.

but that would mean that I would have to quit my job in may or earlier...fact of the matter is that i want to work longer to save more money.

You'll be making plenty of money with SEO.

Tru...but i want to rest before LS.  Plus, my trip to JA would be in the middle of the internship
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: A. on December 04, 2006, 05:51:12 PM
I got the invite to apply and I'm interested...but I'm really not trying to work the summer before ls.  In fact, I'm going to JA for two weeks, South Carolina for a lil bit, and REALLY trying to go to Greece.  Not trying to work, despite the perks of SEO.

Do it, do it, do it!  I would totally do SEO if I was a US citizen.  If necessary, quit your job earlier and travel before SEO starts.  The advantages are huge.  I had a friend who did SEO for two summers and had a job offer before senior year even started.  When most people were struggling to find jobs, he had multiple offers to choose from.  In addition, the connections are invaluable.

I disagree with this completely.  Take the summer off.  Your first semester (year) of law school will be very stressful. Rest up.  You'll get a summer job.  You have the rest of your life to practice law.  And you will make plenty of connections simply by being a black law student.  Enjoy your last summer of freedom.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Booyakasha2 on December 04, 2006, 05:53:59 PM
Enjoy your last summer of freedom.

Perhaps Nicias would disagree?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: A. on December 04, 2006, 06:02:43 PM
Enjoy your last summer of freedom.

Perhaps Nicias would disagree?

Perhaps in character I ask, Who gives a damn?

;)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: One Step Ahead on December 04, 2006, 08:37:16 PM
I got the invite to apply and I'm interested...but I'm really not trying to work the summer before ls.  In fact, I'm going to JA for two weeks, South Carolina for a lil bit, and REALLY trying to go to Greece.  Not trying to work, despite the perks of SEO.

Do it, do it, do it!  I would totally do SEO if I was a US citizen.  If necessary, quit your job earlier and travel before SEO starts.  The advantages are huge.  I had a friend who did SEO for two summers and had a job offer before senior year even started.  When most people were struggling to find jobs, he had multiple offers to choose from.  In addition, the connections are invaluable.

I disagree with this completely.  Take the summer off.  Your first semester (year) of law school will be very stressful. Rest up.  You'll get a summer job.  You have the rest of your life to practice law.  And you will make plenty of connections simply by being a black law student.  Enjoy your last summer of freedom.

concurring in part, dissenting in part.  Honestly you will probably make a lot more money doing SEO than working at your job (i.e. might be smart to quit early, do the CLEO grind for a few weeks, and then relax).  While it is true that you'll get a summer job, there is DEFINITELY no guarantee that you will get a paid summer position--at one of the "top" firms no less if that is something of interest to you.  To the extent that the money will come useful (and you probably will be able to hide it from financial aid) it is certainly worth considering especially as it seems you can basically lock in your next year's gig.  But  if you are going to do it make sure that you block at least a month for R & R.  good luck.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: A. on December 04, 2006, 08:40:47 PM
especially as it seems you can basically lock in your next year's gig.

Explain.  I know a guy who did SEO at Wachtell, but they wouldn't let him come back.  Sure, he got an NYC biglaw job the next summer, but so did other, non-SEO people at his school (H).

P.S. It was a cold, cold night last night ;).
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: One Step Ahead on December 04, 2006, 08:43:49 PM
especially as it seems you can basically lock in your next year's gig.

Explain.  I know a guy who did SEO at Wachtell, but they wouldn't let him come back.  Sure, he got an NYC biglaw job the next summer, but so did other, non-SEO people at his school (H).

Wachtell is a different can of worms--heck if we want to go there we both know a 1L who went to Wachtell, but they didn't let him come back.
I also know a guy who did SEO at Paul Weiss and already has an offer to come back for 1L. Same with Cravath.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: A. on December 04, 2006, 08:47:15 PM
To each his own.  I still say take the summer off.  Plenty of time to work at Cravath.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: One Step Ahead on December 04, 2006, 09:01:27 PM
you are also speaking from a position of relative privilege
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: A. on December 04, 2006, 09:08:20 PM
If she's good enough to get an SEO internship, so is she.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: One Step Ahead on December 04, 2006, 09:28:16 PM
SEO is an entire program catered to minorities whereas the job search isn't.  All I'm saying is it seems to be a relatively easy way to make a few dollars and get a foot in the doorway--if you are going to devote some of your time to working this summer anyway, might as well get the name on your resume.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Special Agent Dana Scully on December 04, 2006, 09:31:35 PM
SEO is an entire program catered to minorities whereas the job search isn't.  All I'm saying is it seems to be a relatively easy way to make a few dollars and get a foot in the doorway--if you are going to devote some of your time to working this summer anyway, might as well get the name on your resume.

Well, I was only going to work until June.  I'm going to JA in July for a couple of weeks and I want to go to Greece.  So I don't plan on really being here for the summer.  I just want to relax the summer before ls.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Denny Crane on December 04, 2006, 09:35:33 PM
I'm currently contemplating applying for SEO, but I think I'm going to pass.  I need the summer to rest up and do something that I'll enjoy.  Also, while SEO would be an incredible opportunity to get my foot in the door at some of the country's top firms, considering I want to pursue legal academia and criminal law/government work, this will not really help me all that much.  I agree that taking the summer to do something relaxing and/or personally gratifying would be wise, especially since for most it will be the very last time they have the opportunity to do such a thing.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: One Step Ahead on December 04, 2006, 09:41:36 PM
SEO is an entire program catered to minorities whereas the job search isn't.  All I'm saying is it seems to be a relatively easy way to make a few dollars and get a foot in the doorway--if you are going to devote some of your time to working this summer anyway, might as well get the name on your resume.

Well, I was only going to work until June.  I'm going to JA in July for a couple of weeks and I want to go to Greece.  So I don't plan on really being here for the summer.  I just want to relax the summer before ls.

Oh thats fun.  Certainly more fun than my summer.  

The only thing I would say is in addition to the job opportunities they have made an attempt to integrate law school prep into the program including providing study aids etc.  While I tend to be skeptical of such programs the fact that you would be getting paid to get supplements/class materials/exam advice sounds great to me, but I have no idea how long the program is or if you'd be able to integrate these travel plans  
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Special Agent Dana Scully on December 04, 2006, 09:44:52 PM
SEO is an entire program catered to minorities whereas the job search isn't.  All I'm saying is it seems to be a relatively easy way to make a few dollars and get a foot in the doorway--if you are going to devote some of your time to working this summer anyway, might as well get the name on your resume.

Well, I was only going to work until June.  I'm going to JA in July for a couple of weeks and I want to go to Greece.  So I don't plan on really being here for the summer.  I just want to relax the summer before ls.

Oh thats fun.  Certainly more fun than my summer. 

The only thing I would say is in addition to the job opportnities they have made an attempt to integrate law school prep into the program including providing study aids etc.  While I tend to be skeptical of such programs the fact that you would be getting paid to get supplements/class materials/exam advice sounds great to me, but I have no idea how long the program is or if you'd be able to integrate these travel plans  

THat's the main problem...in addition to the fact that I just want to be lazy before ls  ;D
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: One Step Ahead on December 04, 2006, 10:05:21 PM
"THat's the main problem...in addition to the fact that I just want to be lazy before ls"

Can't hate on that.  Enjoy it!   8)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: 2Lacoste on December 04, 2006, 10:23:08 PM
I say work the summer before law school if that's what you're accustomed to doing with your summers.  If you're looking to get into the corporate world, do SEO.  A solid number of my 1L friends here at HLS did SEO and they already have offers to go back to their firms (and some to go to other firms) as a result.  Good deal.

If you're not sure about the firm route, may I suggest USDOJ for the summer before law school?

lacoste
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on December 05, 2006, 07:57:54 AM
I plan on working at my current job right up until law school, only taking 2-3 weeks off.  I've been working full time since June 05.  I also worked every summer in college with only a 2 week vacation during the summer and 1 week before school.  Is this a bad idea?  I don't really want to take tons of time off because I want to save as much money as possible because I plan to graduate debt free.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: A. on December 05, 2006, 08:01:27 AM
If it's what you're used to, go ahead.  I'm a huge workaholic during the academic year (not next year, though), but I love me some vacation time 8).
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on December 05, 2006, 08:06:06 AM
If it's what you're used to, go ahead.  I'm a huge workaholic during the academic year (not next year, though), but I love me some vacation time 8).

Can't afford it  :P  My parents paid the tuition bills, my job was to work all summer to pay living expenses.  I didn't work during the school year, so that I (presumably) could devote my time to schoolwork.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: A. on December 05, 2006, 08:15:40 AM
Makes sense.  It would be nice to take some time off before law school, though.  People hit the ground running full speed.  Especially if you go to a school with grades ;).
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: One Step Ahead on December 05, 2006, 09:57:36 AM
I plan on working at my current job right up until law school, only taking 2-3 weeks off.  I've been working full time since June 05.  I also worked every summer in college with only a 2 week vacation during the summer and 1 week before school.  Is this a bad idea?  I don't really want to take tons of time off because I want to save as much money as possible because I plan to graduate debt free.

I'd take a month off.  I believe in graduating debt free but you also don't want to run yourself ragged.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: akattorney on December 08, 2006, 02:55:08 PM
I had a GREAT time doing SEO this past summer.  I was one of the interns at Cleary
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Denny Crane on December 08, 2006, 03:02:32 PM
I had a GREAT time doing SEO this past summer.  I was one of the interns at Cleary

Can you talk more about SEO?  I've met SEO people in finance, but none who did the corporate law program.  What were some of the highlights?  What kind of work did you do?  Etc, thanks!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Vick on December 15, 2006, 12:52:15 PM
Bump - any more insights into SEO Corporate Law?

I just applied for this, just made the deadline for the second round which is today.  I do want to rest up before law school but I can't resist an opportunity like this, esp. since I want to work in corporate law anyway.   

I also submitted my application and I'd love to hear more.  Any word on when we'll hear back from them?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Denny Crane on December 15, 2006, 01:03:41 PM
I decided not to apply for SEO.  I'm going to use up some remaining grant money I have to maybe go abroad again before law school.  It would be great to earn some cash and make connections before entering law school, but considering I have no current interest in corporate law and will be assuming massive loan debt anyway, I might as well not apply.  Best of luck to all of you that did.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Vick on December 18, 2006, 03:21:41 PM
Just got an email saying I've been selected for an interview in NYC.  Anyone else get this?  I'm pretty stoked. 

Does anyone know if they supply any kind of reimbursement for the travel costs of the interview?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on December 18, 2006, 04:28:32 PM
Just got an email saying I've been selected for an interview in NYC.  Anyone else get this?  I'm pretty stoked. 

Does anyone know if they supply any kind of reimbursement for the travel costs of the interview?


Good question. My interview's in my hometown, so at least I won't have to pay for hotels and food  :).
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Mitt on December 19, 2006, 07:43:35 AM
I was also invited for the interview, does anyone know what kinds of questions we might expet?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Vick on December 19, 2006, 10:26:22 AM
Just got an email saying I've been selected for an interview in NYC.  Anyone else get this?  I'm pretty stoked. 

Does anyone know if they supply any kind of reimbursement for the travel costs of the interview?

Just got an email, SEO does not reimburse travel expenses. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Vick on December 22, 2006, 10:18:26 AM
bumpity bump

Just booked flight and hotel in late January for the interview.  After browsing through some old SEO threads on xoxo it seems that the inveriew is pretty intense and that SEO is concerned with prestige.  They like to know where you'll be going to school before an offer is extended.  They don't discuss pay or which firm you'll be at until you've accepted.   

Anybody reading this who can give us more info?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Vick on January 28, 2007, 09:01:52 PM
Just got back from SEO interview.  Would be willing to answer questions and give summary if wanted.  Let me know!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: IF on January 28, 2007, 09:53:50 PM
Ditto!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: quidditch424 on January 29, 2007, 03:46:19 PM
Just got an email about interviewing in D.C. in March
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on January 29, 2007, 07:04:46 PM
Was it as intense as XOXO made it out to be? What sort of questions did they ask? How did you prepare for it?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Vick on January 29, 2007, 07:28:59 PM
Was it as intense as XOXO made it out to be? What sort of questions did they ask? How did you prepare for it?

It wasn't as intense as I was expecting.  My interviewers were very cordial.  I left with a positive impression of my interviewers.  I prepared with standard interview questions.  That was good because the bulk of the interview was based on these types of questions. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: quidditch424 on January 29, 2007, 08:56:21 PM
Question for anyone who has done an SEO interview.......

I got the email today around 6pm about registering for an interview; when registering you had to attach a resume. When I got home at 8pm I went to sign up and all the slos were gone. The website  basically made it seem like you're SOL if you don't get one and they only offer the 10. Did this happen to anyone else?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on January 29, 2007, 09:07:03 PM
Yup. It happened to me the last go around (ie, I tried to sign up over winter break, but took a day to confirm flight information). Last time around they said you'd be invited with the next round of interviews. I'm not sure if this is the last round, though. I e-mailed them about it.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: quidditch424 on January 29, 2007, 09:18:15 PM
I think I'm going to email them and tell them I will go anywhere on the East Coast that they have an open interview slot......
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Smokey on February 11, 2007, 11:04:50 PM
Any other thoughts?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on February 23, 2007, 03:21:40 PM
I had my interview today. If you're in Atlanta, don't sweat it. The environment was chill-- my interviewers started by wishing me a happy birthday (okay, that was a little creepy). I probably didn't make a great impression because of my case study, but it was a rather ridiculous article (alas, you can't say such things).  They didn't use any of the scare tactics other people have mentioned. Also, there will be about 60 spots this summer. I didn't think to ask how many people they planned on interviewing. ::)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Vick on February 23, 2007, 03:27:09 PM
I had my interview today. If you're in Atlanta, don't sweat it. The environment was chill-- my interviewers started by wishing me a happy birthday (okay, that was a little creepy). I probably didn't make a great impression because of my case study, but it was a rather ridiculous article (alas, you can't say such things).  They didn't use any of the scare tactics other people have mentioned. Also, there will be about 60 spots this summer. I didn't think to ask how many people they planned on interviewing. ::)

I didn't either, though they mentioned that they're planning on 450-500 applications. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Denny Crane on February 23, 2007, 03:35:15 PM
Can you guys talk a little more about the case study?  I'm not applying, but it does sound interesting.  Sounds almost like it was a consulting interview, which frequently focus on case study interviews.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on February 23, 2007, 03:36:35 PM
I had my interview today. If you're in Atlanta, don't sweat it. The environment was chill-- my interviewers started by wishing me a happy birthday (okay, that was a little creepy). I probably didn't make a great impression because of my case study, but it was a rather ridiculous article (alas, you can't say such things).  They didn't use any of the scare tactics other people have mentioned. Also, there will be about 60 spots this summer. I didn't think to ask how many people they planned on interviewing. ::)

I didn't either, though they mentioned that they're planning on 450-500 applications. 

  :o I suddenly feel much less confident. Maybe I was too chummy. I just assumed I had about a 1/3 chance. Shoot.  :-[
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Denny Crane on February 23, 2007, 03:40:32 PM
I had my interview today. If you're in Atlanta, don't sweat it. The environment was chill-- my interviewers started by wishing me a happy birthday (okay, that was a little creepy). I probably didn't make a great impression because of my case study, but it was a rather ridiculous article (alas, you can't say such things).  They didn't use any of the scare tactics other people have mentioned. Also, there will be about 60 spots this summer. I didn't think to ask how many people they planned on interviewing. ::)

I didn't either, though they mentioned that they're planning on 450-500 applications. 

  :o I suddenly feel much less confident. Maybe I was too chummy. I just assumed I had about a 1/3 chance. Shoot.  :-[

Did you drop the names of the schools that accepted you?  I'm sure that will carry you a long way.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Vick on February 23, 2007, 03:43:23 PM
I had my interview today. If you're in Atlanta, don't sweat it. The environment was chill-- my interviewers started by wishing me a happy birthday (okay, that was a little creepy). I probably didn't make a great impression because of my case study, but it was a rather ridiculous article (alas, you can't say such things).  They didn't use any of the scare tactics other people have mentioned. Also, there will be about 60 spots this summer. I didn't think to ask how many people they planned on interviewing. ::)

I didn't either, though they mentioned that they're planning on 450-500 applications. 

  :o I suddenly feel much less confident. Maybe I was too chummy. I just assumed I had about a 1/3 chance. Shoot.  :-[

You don't have anything to worry about.  Unless you intentionally farted in the interview then I'm sure you'll get a spot.  It's the people like me who aren't seriously considering T14 schools that have to worry! 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on February 23, 2007, 04:01:41 PM
Can you guys talk a little more about the case study?  I'm not applying, but it does sound interesting.  Sounds almost like it was a consulting interview, which frequently focus on case study interviews.

I have a lot of consulting friends, and I don't think it would compare by a long shot. They simply had you read a news article, summarize, and respond. It didn't require any prior knowledge and I can't imagine anyone making a very complicated argument about it. My article was on a federal judge ordering the treasury to print money that the blind could identify.

They already had my list of schools. Sadly, a lax scandal has seriously put me off of name dropping. I'll need to re-learn the practice.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: SweetEpiphany on March 08, 2007, 12:48:15 PM
Just got an email saying I've been selected for an interview in NYC.  Anyone else get this?  I'm pretty stoked. 

Does anyone know if they supply any kind of reimbursement for the travel costs of the interview?

Hey, I have an interview in NY on the 12th and would love some advice regarding the types of questions I should prepare myself for.  Please help me, I really, really, want this opportunity.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on March 08, 2007, 08:13:36 PM
Standard interview questions, like those found here: http://www.vault.com/nr/newsmain.jsp?nr_page=3&ch_id=421&article_id=18577&cat_id=1481

Also, be prepared to ask them some questions.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: hushpuppy on March 10, 2007, 09:49:03 PM
Damn I missed the deadline. Is it too late to apply?

And even if its too late, another question will be, do they provide accomodation for these internships?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: hushpuppy on March 11, 2007, 06:19:41 AM
C'mon guyz, I know someone's got the answer to these questions!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Denny Crane on March 11, 2007, 09:06:38 AM
Call SEO directly to find out. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: akattorney on March 11, 2007, 10:48:08 AM
They do not provide housing for the internship.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: hushpuppy on March 11, 2007, 11:01:38 AM
'preciate the response. Thanx.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Vick on March 14, 2007, 08:31:56 AM
No one's heard back yet I take it... I guess most of you haven't technically picked a Law school either.

Yeah, just waiting a few more weeks to solidify the decision, then I'll let them know. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: harlemnight on March 14, 2007, 05:30:51 PM
Hey, does anyone know if waiting to decide which school you will attend can hurt your SEO chances? I doubt I will make up my mind beofore mid April, but it seems like SEO wants us to tell them earlier than that.

Also, has anyone interviewed this week? If so, how was it?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Diecisiete on March 20, 2007, 12:33:55 AM
I inteviewed this past Saturday. The interviewers were very nice and they asked made me to read the prompt that was mentioned earlier in this thread (about the currency.) I asked them whether any of my top choices (3 in top 10) would give me a better/worse shot and they said every school in the top 10 has been represented in the past. On a side note, the interviewers kept saying that corporate law is a very competetive business and that every degree of prestige matters when choosing law schools.  :) 

I still have to turn in recs though and actually choose a school. It could be a while.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: petronius on March 26, 2007, 08:16:17 AM
So have people started to hear back now?  I interviewed in January and have heard nothing, should I just assume that I will not get an offer?  Anyone know exactly where we are supposed to turn our acceptance letter in to?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: southernhostess on March 26, 2007, 02:49:35 PM
So have people started to hear back now?  I interviewed in January and have heard nothing, should I just assume that I will not get an offer?  Anyone know exactly where we are supposed to turn our acceptance letter in to?

I interviewed in January also and I haven't heard back either. I do know that you send in your acceptance letters to the SEO Career Program office in NY (the same one used for the application and transcript) with a note attached stating that you are updating your file. HTH
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: petronius on March 26, 2007, 04:06:24 PM
Great thank you very much. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Smokey on March 26, 2007, 06:05:30 PM
So have people started to hear back now?  I interviewed in January and have heard nothing, should I just assume that I will not get an offer?  Anyone know exactly where we are supposed to turn our acceptance letter in to?

You definitely won't receive a decision until you tell them what school you are going to them and send them a copy of your tuition deposit form.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Smokey on March 26, 2007, 06:06:46 PM
I inteviewed this past Saturday. The interviewers were very nice and they asked made me to read the prompt that was mentioned earlier in this thread (about the currency.) I asked them whether any of my top choices (3 in top 10) would give me a better/worse shot and they said every school in the top 10 has been represented in the past. On a side note, the interviewers kept saying that corporate law is a very competetive business and that every degree of prestige matters when choosing law schools.  :) 

I still have to turn in recs though and actually choose a school. It could be a while.

I think the better the school you attend the better the chance you have at being admitted.  I would even say that the difference between a Penn and a Harvard might make the difference.  I have heard that quality of school is really what makes or breaks you.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on March 26, 2007, 08:56:39 PM
Has anyone heard yet? I'm still waiting on some of my schools so I can't really turn in my enrollment form right now.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: brittlynniamback on March 31, 2007, 08:24:46 PM
When I contacted my interviewer to tell her I had decided on a school, she instructed me to put it in writing so that she could forward the information to program director Louie Rodriguez.

He wasn't in my interview and she said he likes to speak with all candidates.  He called me and the gist of what he said was that it was great that I had decided, but that they need enrollment verification in the form of deposit receipt before they make the decision/placement.

I was waiting on a scholarship offer and I told him so; I asked whether waiting ruining my chances and he said that it's normal not to have made a decision yet.  He also said that as long as I had a decision by the end of April, that I should be fine. He did say that the sooner the better, though, so that they can make placements, etc.

I finally paid my deposit Friday.  It'll arrive by Tuesday and the admissions office has agreed to forward a receipt to SEO.  Keep you all posted.

-B
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on March 31, 2007, 11:47:48 PM
When I contacted my interviewer to tell her I had decided on a school, she instructed me to put it in writing so that she could forward the information to program director Louie Rodriguez.

He wasn't in my interview and she said he likes to speak with all candidates.  He called me and the gist of what he said was that it was great that I had decided, but that they need enrollment verification in the form of deposit receipt before they make the decision/placement.

I was waiting on a scholarship offer and I told him so; I asked whether waiting ruining my chances and he said that it's normal not to have made a decision yet.  He also said that as long as I had a decision by the end of April, that I should be fine. He did say that the sooner the better, though, so that they can make placements, etc.

I finally paid my deposit Friday.  It'll arrive by Tuesday and the admissions office has agreed to forward a receipt to SEO.  Keep you all posted.

-B

That's a bit annoying for those of us waiting to visit schools before making a deposit. It makes spending a summer at home look more and more attractive.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on April 03, 2007, 12:03:16 PM
I heard back. By phone. E-mail with formal offer to follow. They were just waiting on confirmation of enrollment. Good luck to everyone who's waiting!

Where did you decide to enroll? What were your LSAT/GPA and how did the interview go?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: brittlynniamback on April 04, 2007, 03:17:06 PM
I got the call from Louie + Sari. I got it! E-mail offer to follow.  Best of luck to the rest!

Don't forget, they have to have your transcripts and enrollment proof first. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: redlandstang on April 04, 2007, 04:48:56 PM
Where did you enroll?? GPA/LSAT #?'s trying to figure out what kind of chance I have at this point
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on April 04, 2007, 07:06:31 PM
aaah this is making me so nervous lol I'm waiting for my second recommendation to come in which should be in by the end of the week. They have everything else...Congratulations to the people who have heard already!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on April 05, 2007, 08:54:53 AM
Got the call about 15 min ago from Louis! Good luck to everyone.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on April 05, 2007, 09:54:39 AM
Got the call about 15 min ago from Louis! Good luck to everyone.

Congratulations!!! Do you know which firm you'll be with?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on April 05, 2007, 10:53:30 AM
No, he said i would find out first week of May I think?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: petronius on April 05, 2007, 12:15:34 PM
Should we get a notice that they received our choice of school letter?  Things are looking bad it seems.  Oh well, off to relax and read this summer then.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on April 05, 2007, 01:44:38 PM
I think its really important to stay involved in the process and seem hungry. After I sent anything in, I always followed up with a phone call or email to make sure they got it/check on my status. I got a decision the day after my second rec was faxed.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Diecisiete on April 05, 2007, 04:02:48 PM
Should we get a notice that they received our choice of school letter?  Things are looking bad it seems.  Oh well, off to relax and read this summer then.

I think I may just relax either way. I'm tired of work! :)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: redlandstang on April 06, 2007, 03:04:25 PM
does anyone have a fax number for SEO ?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on April 06, 2007, 03:06:33 PM
(212) 647-7010
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Statistic on April 06, 2007, 04:48:18 PM
for a second there, I thought that was your phone number. I was like, "this heffa crazy."
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on April 07, 2007, 12:32:13 AM
hahha hell naw. what'd you think i was about???
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Statistic on April 07, 2007, 12:38:14 AM
some bull, obviously. guess I was wrong.  :D
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Special Agent Dana Scully on April 07, 2007, 12:11:11 PM
some bull, obviously. guess I was wrong.  :D

nothing new there

 ;D
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Statistic on April 07, 2007, 12:12:08 PM
damn. you went to sleep hatin'. woke up. and still hatin'. ain't that a bish.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: kirps on April 07, 2007, 10:04:49 PM
tag
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: petronius on April 09, 2007, 09:32:44 AM
So they've got all my application and school things, now to wait.  For any of you that have already been accepted did you hear about pay yet?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on April 09, 2007, 10:07:22 AM
So they've got all my application and school things, now to wait.  For any of you that have already been accepted did you hear about pay yet?

I've been waiting since Friday. Did you just send them your stuff today?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on April 09, 2007, 11:23:18 AM
We'll I've heard the general range for pay is between 800-1200 a week, but it varies on the firm you are placed at..so we dont get the pay rate until we get our assignments in May
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on April 10, 2007, 01:34:28 PM
We'll I've heard the general range for pay is between 800-1200 a week, but it varies on the firm you are placed at..so we dont get the pay rate until we get our assignments in May

I'm in!  :) Headed to Columbia next year if anyone is curious.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on April 10, 2007, 06:59:11 PM
Congratulations:)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: IF on April 12, 2007, 10:07:03 AM
Hey, anyone have any idea when we would start?  Thanks!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on April 15, 2007, 11:28:50 PM
I'm not totally sure - I think it depends somewhat on when you graduate. I'm on the quarter system which means I don't graduate until the 10th. Louis asked me during my interview if I would be available to start on the 11th. I said yes of course b/c i didnt want anything to count against me, but now that is seeming somewhat impossible.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on April 16, 2007, 12:48:34 AM
I'm not totally sure - I think it depends somewhat on when you graduate. I'm on the quarter system which means I don't graduate until the 10th. Louis asked me during my interview if I would be available to start on the 11th. I said yes of course b/c i didnt want anything to count against me, but now that is seeming somewhat impossible.

Are you talking about May or June?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on April 16, 2007, 12:23:23 PM
I'm not totally sure - I think it depends somewhat on when you graduate. I'm on the quarter system which means I don't graduate until the 10th. Louis asked me during my interview if I would be available to start on the 11th. I said yes of course b/c i didnt want anything to count against me, but now that is seeming somewhat impossible.

Are you talking about May or June?
Definitely June.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on April 16, 2007, 01:06:23 PM
Yea I'm talking June. I know on the acceptance letter it said something about optional orientation towards the end of May. It may have been memorial day weekend.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: IF on April 16, 2007, 05:55:05 PM
Cool, thanks!  One last question.  I'm expecting my decision this week; did they email, call, or send you a regular letter?

Thanks!  And again, congrats!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on April 16, 2007, 08:24:54 PM
Cool, thanks!  One last question.  I'm expecting my decision this week; did they email, call, or send you a regular letter?

Thanks!  And again, congrats!

They called and they sent an e-mail afterwards on the same day.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: petronius on April 17, 2007, 07:35:18 AM
I just got in.  They sent me an e-mail asking when I could talk and then called at that time.  Very excited!  Going to be really hard finding affordable housing so late though.  Where are you guys going to stay?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: redlandstang on April 17, 2007, 05:49:16 PM
Just got in today. Now I am stuck deciding between SEO and a Koch Fellowship with an appointment at the Washington Legal Foundation
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on April 17, 2007, 06:53:26 PM
Just got in today. Now I am stuck deciding between SEO and a Koch Fellowship with an appointment at the Washington Legal Foundation

What's a Koch Fellowship?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: redlandstang on April 17, 2007, 08:11:56 PM
the charles g koch fellowship google it
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: IF on April 17, 2007, 09:02:49 PM
Congrats guys! 

Im still patiently waiting... :-\  But hopefully will hear soon.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on April 18, 2007, 12:28:34 PM
When he called you guys, did he emphasize the fact that you ought to give back to the program?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: bloak143 on April 18, 2007, 02:29:04 PM
When he called you guys, did he emphasize the fact that you ought to give back to the program?

Yes. Why do you ask?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on April 18, 2007, 02:44:07 PM
Yes. Why do you ask?

Just out of curiosity. I was wondering if it WAS actually specific to me like the way he made it out to be.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: petronius on April 18, 2007, 05:07:26 PM
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Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: IF on April 24, 2007, 11:26:00 PM
Didn't get mine.  Little suprised and pretty frustrated.  But best of luck to all who get in!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: harlemnight on April 28, 2007, 01:03:56 PM
Congats to everyone that has been accepted. I was wondering, how long did it take for them to respond after you sent them your enrollment forms?

Thanks

Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on April 28, 2007, 05:34:33 PM
Congats to everyone that has been accepted. I was wondering, how long did it take for them to respond after you sent them your enrollment forms?

Thanks



I think it's been a range. They called me the next day, but I think others had waits of several days.  Maybe you should call or e-mail to confirm that they've received the forms.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on April 28, 2007, 11:40:04 PM
Congats to everyone that has been accepted. I was wondering, how long did it take for them to respond after you sent them your enrollment forms?

Thanks



I think it's been a range. They called me the next day, but I think others had waits of several days.  Maybe you should call or e-mail to confirm that they've received the forms.

They received my stuff Friday afternoon and I received their phonecall on Tuesday afternoon.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: randylf on April 30, 2007, 12:05:12 PM
when seo requests a copy of an enrollment form...do they mean the seat deposit and intent to attend form that we turned in to the law school we'te attending?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on April 30, 2007, 12:08:07 PM
when seo requests a copy of an enrollment form...do they mean the seat deposit and intent to attend form that we turned in to the law school we'te attending?

Yup.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: redlandstang on April 30, 2007, 05:11:57 PM
Does anyone know what firm they have been placed at yet ?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Socraotes on May 01, 2007, 07:50:35 AM
Does anyone know what firm they have been placed at yet ?

Nope.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: petronius on May 01, 2007, 11:50:36 AM
I have no idea about my firm either.  I thought we were supposed to find out a while ago.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: civil blu 1922 on May 02, 2007, 10:34:04 PM
This sounds like a pretty good program.  Is it for pre-law students or can 1L apply as well?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on May 03, 2007, 11:07:56 AM
It's only for pre-1Ls.

I got my firm placement today. Davis Polk and Wardell.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Special Agent Dana Scully on May 03, 2007, 11:15:33 AM
It's only for pre-1Ls.

I got my firm placement today. Davis Polk and Wardell.

nice!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on May 03, 2007, 11:26:11 AM
It's only for pre-1Ls.

I got my firm placement today. Davis Polk and Wardell.

nice!



thanks! I'm looking forward to it. I've had some friends work there and they enjoyed it and an seo alum told me they treat their seo interns well which is good, cuz i heard the banks don't do that great of a job.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on May 03, 2007, 11:44:56 AM
It's only for pre-1Ls.

I got my firm placement today. Davis Polk and Wardell.

How did they notify you of placement?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on May 03, 2007, 01:11:24 PM
Got a call from Sari.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: redlandstang on May 03, 2007, 06:09:17 PM
I also got the call from Sari today and will be DPW as well! Any idea how much $ we are getting paid ?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on May 03, 2007, 09:31:43 PM
I also got the call from Sari today and will be DPW as well! Any idea how much $ we are getting paid ?

She told me they were going to call me next week, i think tuesday, and they would let me know my start/end dates and payrate.

Yay! another person at DPW! do u have facebook? if so pm me
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: CLS2010 on May 04, 2007, 10:16:45 AM
Got Milbank. I'm curious how they treat their SEO interns. Anyone got word on this?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: petronius on May 04, 2007, 01:48:22 PM
So the firms treat you better than banks?  Makes sense I suppose.  Any examples of the different treatment? 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on May 04, 2007, 03:06:17 PM
So the firms treat you better than banks?  Makes sense I suppose.  Any examples of the different treatment? 

Treatment between firms and banks probably varies as much as treatment between firms.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AshleyChristina on May 04, 2007, 03:24:28 PM
So the firms treat you better than banks?  Makes sense I suppose.  Any examples of the different treatment? 

Treatment between firms and banks probably varies as much as treatment between firms.


I'm not sure exactly but I had two program alums, one who worked at a bank and one who didn't, that the experience at a firm is slightly better. I cant remember the reasons now, but I'll ask again and post. And I was also told treatment varies  by firms as well...but that the bank situation was more of a stand out. The one girl I talked to who worked at a bank said she def enjoyed her summer and the program, but that she would have preferred a firm.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: petronius on May 06, 2007, 10:25:58 PM
Cool thanks for the tips.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: CandyMonster on December 25, 2007, 03:54:03 PM
Has anyone received an interview yet?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: tkm. on December 25, 2007, 05:59:13 PM
nope, haven't heard anything yet
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: tkm. on December 25, 2007, 07:31:36 PM
yes
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: CandyMonster on December 26, 2007, 05:58:26 AM
I applied back in September. I guess they are just kinda slow this year. Last year interview emails started going out mid-Dec.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on December 26, 2007, 07:34:22 AM
I applied in November, haven't heard a word. I was starting to get worried that my application got lost or something.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on December 26, 2007, 11:54:24 AM
I wouldn't stress about it. The CL program is going through personnel changes and might not be as organized as in past years. It's a good program if you don't have much corporate work experience and know that you plan to work in NYC BigLaw after graduation. The biggest caveat is that the summer experience will be hit or miss dependent on where you're placed. I loved my firm but they didn't have much real work for me to do. Those at banks didn't get the summer associate perks, but were the best compensated.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Tegoyan on December 26, 2007, 10:20:23 PM
tag
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on December 28, 2007, 08:21:24 PM
tag... i'm deferring a year but plan on applying for next summer.  good luck to you guys this year!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on December 29, 2007, 10:52:49 AM
I wouldn't stress about it. The CL program is going through personnel changes and might not be as organized as in past years. It's a good program if you don't have much corporate work experience and know that you plan to work in NYC BigLaw after graduation. The biggest caveat is that the summer experience will be hit or miss dependent on where you're placed. I loved my firm but they didn't have much real work for me to do. Those at banks didn't get the summer associate perks, but were the best compensated.


What kind of changes?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on January 01, 2008, 05:54:10 PM
anyone else notice that the seo site has been hacked?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on January 01, 2008, 09:07:57 PM
YES! I thought it was just my computer for a bit.  It makes me a bit uncomfortable to submit my information...

Gosh! I've already submitted my application.  I hope that my personal information has not been compromised... 

I can't recall if the application included social security number or not.  Does anyone else remember for sure?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: aano285 on January 02, 2008, 11:06:22 AM
wow, i just checked it out and see the hacked srw197@hotmail.com. not sure about the SS# information...i believe so though.

should I be concerned that I haven't applied yet? Does n e one know if it decreases my chances signficantly?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on January 02, 2008, 11:33:39 AM
wow, i just checked it out and see the hacked srw197@hotmail.com. not sure about the SS# information...i believe so though.

should I be concerned that I haven't applied yet? Does n e one know if it decreases my chances signficantly?

I definitely wouldn't apply until they fix the website.  The deadline isn't until Feb, so it shouldn't hurt your chances.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on January 03, 2008, 08:02:36 PM
Eeek! Just got the interview email! I'm so nervous  :o yet so ecstatic!!! :D Anyone else?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: tkm. on January 03, 2008, 09:16:54 PM
I got it too...I'm really nervous!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: wjking08 on January 03, 2008, 09:38:13 PM
I have mine too, I'm a little nervous also, but ready for the challange
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on January 03, 2008, 10:02:12 PM
I wish I had more info about the process. I wonder how many ppl they interview and for how many spots.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Tegoyan on January 04, 2008, 09:01:12 AM
I didn't get any e-mail about an interview. I guess that means they don't want me?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on January 04, 2008, 09:19:55 AM
I didn't get any e-mail about an interview. I guess that means they don't want me?

Yes, we are just not cool enough...  I hate them! (just kidding, SEO - I'd give my first born child to be in this program)

In all seriousness, I expect more interview invitations will be handed out early next week.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on January 04, 2008, 11:08:27 AM
Just checked my e-mail, I got it too.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: lajoi21 on January 04, 2008, 03:21:45 PM
I haven't gotten anything yet, either.  Hopefully by next week though, the process is not over.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: throwawayname1 on January 05, 2008, 12:53:27 AM
I did SEO. It was a great experience.

There were 52 interns last summer, spread out across 23 participating firms and 3 banks. If I recall correctly, over 200 people interviewed for the program, though I could be wrong. They're probably going to expand the program a bit since they've added roughly 3-4 more firms.

The big thing is getting into a T14 school. They don't make offers for positions in the program until you choose a law school and let them know.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on January 05, 2008, 07:39:28 AM
I did SEO. It was a great experience.

There were 52 interns last summer, spread out across 23 participating firms and 3 banks. If I recall correctly, over 200 people interviewed for the program, though I could be wrong. They're probably going to expand the program a bit since they've added roughly 3-4 more firms.

The big thing is getting into a T14 school. They don't make offers for positions in the program until you choose a law school and let them know.

Sent you a PM.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on January 08, 2008, 08:17:45 PM
Soooo, am I the only one that needs to go suit shopping? Anyone have any suggestions (for a female)?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on January 08, 2008, 08:33:27 PM
Soooo, am I the only one that needs to go suit shopping? Anyone have any suggestions (for a female)?

Banana Republic and Ann Taylor both have great suits at (moderately) affordable prices.  A lightweight wool or wool-blend can be worn all year and will usually last a lot longer than a polyester blend.  Both are having sales right now (I got a brown tweed skirt suit from BR for just over $100).
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on January 08, 2008, 08:56:29 PM
Soooo, am I the only one that needs to go suit shopping? Anyone have any suggestions (for a female)?

Banana Republic and Ann Taylor both have great suits at (moderately) affordable prices.  A lightweight wool or wool-blend can be worn all year and will usually last a lot longer than a polyester blend.  Both are having sales right now (I got a brown tweed skirt suit from BR for just over $100).

Thanks! Does it matter if I where a shell or a blouse under my suit? Is one less conservative/professional than the other?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on January 08, 2008, 08:59:31 PM
Soooo, am I the only one that needs to go suit shopping? Anyone have any suggestions (for a female)?

Banana Republic and Ann Taylor both have great suits at (moderately) affordable prices.  A lightweight wool or wool-blend can be worn all year and will usually last a lot longer than a polyester blend.  Both are having sales right now (I got a brown tweed skirt suit from BR for just over $100).

Thanks! Is there a big difference between wearing a shell v. a blouse under the suit?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on January 09, 2008, 06:47:59 AM
Soooo, am I the only one that needs to go suit shopping? Anyone have any suggestions (for a female)?

Banana Republic and Ann Taylor both have great suits at (moderately) affordable prices.  A lightweight wool or wool-blend can be worn all year and will usually last a lot longer than a polyester blend.  Both are having sales right now (I got a brown tweed skirt suit from BR for just over $100).

Thanks! Is there a big difference between wearing a shell v. a blouse under the suit?

Not really.  Where what you prefer and feel comfortable in.  Just keep in mind that a button-down can sometimes look too stuffy while a shell can sometimes look too casual.  A shell should be in a nice fabric (silk blend, smooth cotton blend, etc), while I personally prefer silk (or imitation silk!) blouses.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on January 09, 2008, 04:39:21 PM
Soooo, am I the only one that needs to go suit shopping? Anyone have any suggestions (for a female)?

Banana Republic and Ann Taylor both have great suits at (moderately) affordable prices.  A lightweight wool or wool-blend can be worn all year and will usually last a lot longer than a polyester blend.  Both are having sales right now (I got a brown tweed skirt suit from BR for just over $100).

Thanks! Is there a big difference between wearing a shell v. a blouse under the suit?

Not really.  Where what you prefer and feel comfortable in.  Just keep in mind that a button-down can sometimes look too stuffy while a shell can sometimes look too casual.  A shell should be in a nice fabric (silk blend, smooth cotton blend, etc), while I personally prefer silk (or imitation silk!) blouses.

Thanks pikey!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on January 09, 2008, 07:01:53 PM
Sweet! I got an interview email today! 

Best of luck to people still waiting.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on January 09, 2008, 10:32:14 PM
Soooo, am I the only one that needs to go suit shopping? Anyone have any suggestions (for a female)?

Banana Republic and Ann Taylor both have great suits at (moderately) affordable prices.  A lightweight wool or wool-blend can be worn all year and will usually last a lot longer than a polyester blend.  Both are having sales right now (I got a brown tweed skirt suit from BR for just over $100).

Thanks! Is there a big difference between wearing a shell v. a blouse under the suit?

Not really.  Where what you prefer and feel comfortable in.  Just keep in mind that a button-down can sometimes look too stuffy while a shell can sometimes look too casual.  A shell should be in a nice fabric (silk blend, smooth cotton blend, etc), while I personally prefer silk (or imitation silk!) blouses.

Thanks pikey!

No prob.  Relax and good luck!  Just remember to have a good answer to "tell me about yourself", just in case they pull that one out.  My interview today started with that and I know I didn't answer as well as I could have. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: lajoi21 on January 10, 2008, 07:16:07 AM
For those who have already received an email for an interview, when did you submit your app?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on January 10, 2008, 08:58:06 AM
For those who have already received an email for an interview, when did you submit your app?

September
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: tkm. on January 10, 2008, 08:59:34 AM
I think November
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: tkm. on January 10, 2008, 09:06:44 AM
Silver Fox: Where are you interviewing?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on January 10, 2008, 09:07:40 AM
October.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: lajoi21 on January 10, 2008, 09:58:42 AM
Ok.  Thanks.  Just trying to assess whether the interview offers are related to when apps were submitted.  I sent mine in early Dec.  Hoping that's why I haven't heard anything yet.  Good luck to all who have interviews!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on January 10, 2008, 11:25:08 AM
For those who have already received an email for an interview, when did you submit your app?

Middle of December, a few days after the first round deadline.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on January 10, 2008, 01:48:00 PM
Silver Fox: Where are you interviewing?

DC. How about you?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: tkm. on January 10, 2008, 01:51:27 PM
DC as well
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: nickolai on January 10, 2008, 08:33:53 PM
what are the dates for the program?  it begins in the summer?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cerise on January 10, 2008, 08:41:51 PM
does anyone have any tips on preparing for the interview?  I heard that it was very hardcore last year.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on January 12, 2008, 10:40:26 AM
does anyone have any tips on preparing for the interview?  I heard that it was very hardcore last year.

I would recommend watch all six Rocky movies, as often as you can.  Then find Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, put it on you Ipod and listen to it all the way to the interview.

Guaranteed that will pump you up.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on January 12, 2008, 08:40:17 PM
does anyone have any tips on preparing for the interview?  I heard that it was very hardcore last year.

Mine was full of softball questions: how would former co-workers describe you? how do you deal with conflict in the workplace? what would you do if you don't receive any assignments for an extended period of time?  Know your resume backwards and forwards, they'll ask detailed questions. Also, they're really into "giving back" so come up with some examples of how you've done that in the past.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cd08 on January 15, 2008, 07:40:35 AM
I am interviewing at the end of the month and I am very exctied. Nevertheless, I know that I am not attending a t14 school, but I have heard that this is key to landing the internship.

To those who have done the SEO Corporate Law Internship, what was the approximate ratio of interns that attended t14 law schools to those who did not?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on January 15, 2008, 08:31:26 PM
I am interviewing at the end of the month and I am very exctied. Nevertheless, I know that I am not attending a t14 school, but I have heard that this is key to landing the internship.

To those who have done the SEO Corporate Law Internship, what was the approximate ratio of interns that attended t14 law schools to those who did not?

appx. 45/50 were T14. appx. 15/50 Harvard, 20/50 NYU or Columbia.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on January 16, 2008, 07:22:40 AM
For those that have interviewed with SEO already, how did the case question portion of the interview go? That is the part that I am most nervous about!  How did you go about preparing for it?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on January 16, 2008, 10:48:17 AM
I have the interview tomorrow, I will let you all know how it goes.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on January 17, 2008, 12:47:16 PM
1. Know your resume, like everyone says.

2. Be prepared to talk about anything weak that may show up on your resume or transcript. This includes LSAT scores or GPAs or whatever. This caught me off guard. Usually in interviewees you get the "what's your weak point" question, which is crap I think, but in my interview they pointed at my flaw and said "why." I spoke to my gf about when she interviewed with them and she said they did the same to her. This is the biggest thing IMO.

If anyone has any questions, PM me.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: lajoi21 on January 18, 2008, 11:18:11 AM
For those of you who have not heard back from SEO for an interview, don't be discouraged.  I was getting a little worried because I haven't heard anything and some people have been interviewing already.  I wasn't sure if they notified you if you did not get an interview.  I called SEO today and the guy said that everyone is notified either way and that could go all the way up until May.

So, my app is still in consideration.  Hopefully I'll get some good news soon. ??? :)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: UNAS on January 18, 2008, 12:30:59 PM
i could be wrong but it sounds like those of us who are not going to T6+ schools are pretty much screwed.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on January 18, 2008, 01:32:24 PM
i could be wrong but it sounds like those of us who are not going to T6+ schools are pretty much screwed.

Thoughts?

I agree, but that's the way of life sometimes.  If you take a look at SEO's partner law firm, all of them are somewhere in Vault's top 100 law firms. 

Positions in these firms are extremely competitive.  Therefore, jobs are usually filled by top law school graduates (not just summer internships, but it applies to summer associates and full-time associates too).   
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on January 18, 2008, 10:36:48 PM
i could be wrong but it sounds like those of us who are not going to T6+ schools are pretty much screwed.

Thoughts?

Not necessarily.  I know people in my 1L class who did it last summer.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on January 19, 2008, 12:19:17 PM
i could be wrong but it sounds like those of us who are not going to T6+ schools are pretty much screwed.

Thoughts?

Not necessarily.  I know people in my 1L class who did it last summer.

I think the OP was exaggerating, but generally speaking, if you are interested in SEO you had better be interested in attending a T14 school.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cerise on January 20, 2008, 09:41:15 AM
Ok...this may sound like a silly question, but is a letter of recommendation letter required? Do you need to have it in before the interview?  I see rec letters being mentioned  on the seo website but nothing for the corporate law area.  BTW, is anyone interviewing in Atlanta, GA?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on January 23, 2008, 07:56:18 PM
Cerise, I just got the interview notice today and will be interviewing in Atlanta.  Best of luck to everyone.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: alexb240 on January 23, 2008, 10:00:24 PM
I just got the interview notice today as well, and will be interviewing in D.C. In my sudden panic, I stumbled onto LSD and found this thread. I'm going to have to read this sucker to figure out what I'm in for! ;)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: RTP2008 on January 24, 2008, 10:44:54 PM
I've interviewed already. Its not bad if you establish a easy going relationship from the onset. You gotta remember that these people are looking for a reason to help you. In my case it was 10 minutes before we got to our first interview question. And thy were all basic. It might have helped that she was beautiful, but it was a very enjoyable experience.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cd08 on January 25, 2008, 07:32:54 AM
The interview was not bad at all. The interviewer was very nice and laid back...and she was beautiful!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on January 25, 2008, 07:33:46 AM
Sounds like you guys had the same interviewer.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: RTP2008 on January 25, 2008, 11:42:17 AM
Atlanta?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on January 25, 2008, 11:46:54 AM
For those who recently had interviews, how was the case question?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: RTP2008 on January 25, 2008, 12:07:47 PM
cake
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Anonymous Candidate on January 27, 2008, 06:44:59 PM
I've interviewed already. Its not bad if you establish a easy going relationship from the onset. You gotta remember that these people are looking for a reason to help you. In my case it was 10 minutes before we got to our first interview question. And thy were all basic. It might have helped that she was beautiful, but it was a very enjoyable experience.

So I've never posted on this before, but I thought I would share my thoughts about my recent experience interviewing with SEO.  First of all, I thought that the interviewer (there was only 1) was extremely unprofessional.  Nice and congenial, yes.  But the entire interview she was checking her blackberry and cell phone every time it blinked.  As someone who flew quite a ways and took time off of school and work to participate in the interview (which is only 30 minutes, by the way), I felt that I deserved her undivided attention.  I felt like the questions asked were very generic, and more behavioral than the kinds of questions that would be useful to really narrow down the candidate field.  And what's more, she spent the first 10 minutes small-talking about stuff that had no bearing on my selection, other than seeing that I could carry a conversation.  Sure it's important to build rapport with your interviewer, but it was excessive given the time constraint.  I realize this is not in itself enough to sway my opinions on the program, but still, it was just disappointing.     

As far as the program itself, I'm not sure it's worth the stress, at least for me.  The fact that they won't even COMMENT on the status of your application until you've sent them proof of where your attending law school is a bit shady.  I thought it had to do with wanting to maintain the prestige of the program (i.e. you'll only get accepted if you go to a T14 school, or whatever), but when I asked the interviewer about it, they said the reason they do it is because they have some people who interview who don't even end up going to law school.  They just want to know you're going SOMEWHERE.  Once you're in, they might use it for placement with firms, but it's not as crucial to your admission into the program in general.  It may just be me, but I am not going to wait 4 months as I get school responses back to "maybe" get an internship offer at the end, and "maybe" with a firm that I'd like to go back to, especially since I have other offers oustanding.  I figure I'll have time in law school to make actual summer associate money (SEO doesn't pay all that much) at a firm I would probably like to go back to full time.  The risk is too great for something that you can do just as well next year.  Sure you might get a head start on networking, but my advice is, if you're not going to work elsewhere, take the summer off and have fun.  It'll be the last time you'll be able to do that for a while...you have the whole rest of your life to be a lawyer.  I'm sure the program is great for all that participate, but the process of getting there is, in my opinion, not worth the rewards.  You can do the same thing next year, and spend time exploring the culture of the firms on your own beforehand instead of getting randomly assigned to one that pays about half if not less of of what you'll be making next summer.

Just my thoughts...don't want to start a riot. : )
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: GoldenAfro on January 27, 2008, 08:23:28 PM
I've interviewed already. Its not bad if you establish a easy going relationship from the onset. You gotta remember that these people are looking for a reason to help you. In my case it was 10 minutes before we got to our first interview question. And thy were all basic. It might have helped that she was beautiful, but it was a very enjoyable experience.

So I've never posted on this before, but I thought I would share my thoughts about my recent experience interviewing with SEO.  First of all, I thought that the interviewer (there was only 1) was extremely unprofessional.  Nice and congenial, yes.  But the entire interview she was checking her blackberry and cell phone every time it blinked.  As someone who flew quite a ways and took time off of school and work to participate in the interview (which is only 30 minutes, by the way), I felt that I deserved her undivided attention.  I felt like the questions asked were very generic, and more behavioral than the kinds of questions that would be useful to really narrow down the candidate field.  And what's more, she spent the first 10 minutes small-talking about stuff that had no bearing on my selection, other than seeing that I could carry a conversation.  Sure it's important to build rapport with your interviewer, but it was excessive given the time constraint.  I realize this is not in itself enough to sway my opinions on the program, but still, it was just disappointing.     

As far as the program itself, I'm not sure it's worth the stress, at least for me.  The fact that they won't even COMMENT on the status of your application until you've sent them proof of where your attending law school is a bit shady.  I thought it had to do with wanting to maintain the prestige of the program (i.e. you'll only get accepted if you go to a T14 school, or whatever), but when I asked the interviewer about it, they said the reason they do it is because they have some people who interview who don't even end up going to law school.  They just want to know you're going SOMEWHERE.  Once you're in, they might use it for placement with firms, but it's not as crucial to your admission into the program in general.  It may just be me, but I am not going to wait 4 months as I get school responses back to "maybe" get an internship offer at the end, and "maybe" with a firm that I'd like to go back to, especially since I have other offers oustanding.  I figure I'll have time in law school to make actual summer associate money (SEO doesn't pay all that much) at a firm I would probably like to go back to full time.  The risk is too great for something that you can do just as well next year.  Sure you might get a head start on networking, but my advice is, if you're not going to work elsewhere, take the summer off and have fun.  It'll be the last time you'll be able to do that for a while...you have the whole rest of your life to be a lawyer.  I'm sure the program is great for all that participate, but the process of getting there is, in my opinion, not worth the rewards.  You can do the same thing next year, and spend time exploring the culture of the firms on your own beforehand instead of getting randomly assigned to one that pays about half if not less of of what you'll be making next summer.

Just my thoughts...don't want to start a riot. : )


Law firm interviews seem to be informal anyway, though.  I'm not too surprised about the small talk or anything else you posted (maybe the Blackberry, but not that surprised).  I guess only you all can decide whether the program is worth your time though.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on January 28, 2008, 11:24:14 AM
I've interviewed already. Its not bad if you establish a easy going relationship from the onset. You gotta remember that these people are looking for a reason to help you. In my case it was 10 minutes before we got to our first interview question. And thy were all basic. It might have helped that she was beautiful, but it was a very enjoyable experience.

So I've never posted on this before, but I thought I would share my thoughts about my recent experience interviewing with SEO.  First of all, I thought that the interviewer (there was only 1) was extremely unprofessional.  Nice and congenial, yes.  But the entire interview she was checking her blackberry and cell phone every time it blinked.  As someone who flew quite a ways and took time off of school and work to participate in the interview (which is only 30 minutes, by the way), I felt that I deserved her undivided attention.  I felt like the questions asked were very generic, and more behavioral than the kinds of questions that would be useful to really narrow down the candidate field.  And what's more, she spent the first 10 minutes small-talking about stuff that had no bearing on my selection, other than seeing that I could carry a conversation.  Sure it's important to build rapport with your interviewer, but it was excessive given the time constraint.  I realize this is not in itself enough to sway my opinions on the program, but still, it was just disappointing.     

As far as the program itself, I'm not sure it's worth the stress, at least for me.  The fact that they won't even COMMENT on the status of your application until you've sent them proof of where your attending law school is a bit shady.  I thought it had to do with wanting to maintain the prestige of the program (i.e. you'll only get accepted if you go to a T14 school, or whatever), but when I asked the interviewer about it, they said the reason they do it is because they have some people who interview who don't even end up going to law school.  They just want to know you're going SOMEWHERE.  Once you're in, they might use it for placement with firms, but it's not as crucial to your admission into the program in general.  It may just be me, but I am not going to wait 4 months as I get school responses back to "maybe" get an internship offer at the end, and "maybe" with a firm that I'd like to go back to, especially since I have other offers oustanding.  I figure I'll have time in law school to make actual summer associate money (SEO doesn't pay all that much) at a firm I would probably like to go back to full time.  The risk is too great for something that you can do just as well next year.  Sure you might get a head start on networking, but my advice is, if you're not going to work elsewhere, take the summer off and have fun.  It'll be the last time you'll be able to do that for a while...you have the whole rest of your life to be a lawyer.  I'm sure the program is great for all that participate, but the process of getting there is, in my opinion, not worth the rewards.  You can do the same thing next year, and spend time exploring the culture of the firms on your own beforehand instead of getting randomly assigned to one that pays about half if not less of of what you'll be making next summer.

Just my thoughts...don't want to start a riot. : )


Law firm interviews seem to be informal anyway, though.  I'm not too surprised about the small talk or anything else you posted (maybe the Blackberry, but not that surprised).  I guess only you all can decide whether the program is worth your time though.

Titcr.  I had one 20-min interview where the partner spent the entire time asking me about my family and cricket.  I don't think we even spent a minute talking about anything remotely law related.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cerise on January 28, 2008, 12:49:28 PM
for those who are done with the interview, what happens next?  Do we just sit and wait?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Anonymous Candidate on January 28, 2008, 01:50:02 PM
I've interviewed already. Its not bad if you establish a easy going relationship from the onset. You gotta remember that these people are looking for a reason to help you. In my case it was 10 minutes before we got to our first interview question. And thy were all basic. It might have helped that she was beautiful, but it was a very enjoyable experience.

So I've never posted on this before, but I thought I would share my thoughts about my recent experience interviewing with SEO.  First of all, I thought that the interviewer (there was only 1) was extremely unprofessional.  Nice and congenial, yes.  But the entire interview she was checking her blackberry and cell phone every time it blinked.  As someone who flew quite a ways and took time off of school and work to participate in the interview (which is only 30 minutes, by the way), I felt that I deserved her undivided attention.  I felt like the questions asked were very generic, and more behavioral than the kinds of questions that would be useful to really narrow down the candidate field.  And what's more, she spent the first 10 minutes small-talking about stuff that had no bearing on my selection, other than seeing that I could carry a conversation.  Sure it's important to build rapport with your interviewer, but it was excessive given the time constraint.  I realize this is not in itself enough to sway my opinions on the program, but still, it was just disappointing.     

As far as the program itself, I'm not sure it's worth the stress, at least for me.  The fact that they won't even COMMENT on the status of your application until you've sent them proof of where your attending law school is a bit shady.  I thought it had to do with wanting to maintain the prestige of the program (i.e. you'll only get accepted if you go to a T14 school, or whatever), but when I asked the interviewer about it, they said the reason they do it is because they have some people who interview who don't even end up going to law school.  They just want to know you're going SOMEWHERE.  Once you're in, they might use it for placement with firms, but it's not as crucial to your admission into the program in general.  It may just be me, but I am not going to wait 4 months as I get school responses back to "maybe" get an internship offer at the end, and "maybe" with a firm that I'd like to go back to, especially since I have other offers oustanding.  I figure I'll have time in law school to make actual summer associate money (SEO doesn't pay all that much) at a firm I would probably like to go back to full time.  The risk is too great for something that you can do just as well next year.  Sure you might get a head start on networking, but my advice is, if you're not going to work elsewhere, take the summer off and have fun.  It'll be the last time you'll be able to do that for a while...you have the whole rest of your life to be a lawyer.  I'm sure the program is great for all that participate, but the process of getting there is, in my opinion, not worth the rewards.  You can do the same thing next year, and spend time exploring the culture of the firms on your own beforehand instead of getting randomly assigned to one that pays about half if not less of of what you'll be making next summer.

Just my thoughts...don't want to start a riot. : )


Law firm interviews seem to be informal anyway, though.  I'm not too surprised about the small talk or anything else you posted (maybe the Blackberry, but not that surprised).  I guess only you all can decide whether the program is worth your time though.

Titcr.  I had one 20-min interview where the partner spent the entire time asking me about my family and cricket.  I don't think we even spent a minute talking about anything remotely law related.


This is true, I'm aware that many interviews for professional-type jobs can be extremely informal.  However, it has been my experience that those firms PAY for your travel expenses to interview, so it doesn't really matter too much that they spend your interview time talking about the NBA.  But for a program that really makes its applicants beg to be accepted, and then doesn't give the applicants the time of day, it's just a bit disappointing.  Especially when decisions are made so late, and often times when it's then too late to find a decent replacement internship.  I just got the impression that the program was very full of themselves.  Sure they're great firms, but they're internships that you can just as easily get next year (and get paid way more). Again, just my thoughts.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on January 28, 2008, 02:11:20 PM
I've interviewed already. Its not bad if you establish a easy going relationship from the onset. You gotta remember that these people are looking for a reason to help you. In my case it was 10 minutes before we got to our first interview question. And thy were all basic. It might have helped that she was beautiful, but it was a very enjoyable experience.

So I've never posted on this before, but I thought I would share my thoughts about my recent experience interviewing with SEO.  First of all, I thought that the interviewer (there was only 1) was extremely unprofessional.  Nice and congenial, yes.  But the entire interview she was checking her blackberry and cell phone every time it blinked.  As someone who flew quite a ways and took time off of school and work to participate in the interview (which is only 30 minutes, by the way), I felt that I deserved her undivided attention.  I felt like the questions asked were very generic, and more behavioral than the kinds of questions that would be useful to really narrow down the candidate field.  And what's more, she spent the first 10 minutes small-talking about stuff that had no bearing on my selection, other than seeing that I could carry a conversation.  Sure it's important to build rapport with your interviewer, but it was excessive given the time constraint.  I realize this is not in itself enough to sway my opinions on the program, but still, it was just disappointing.     

As far as the program itself, I'm not sure it's worth the stress, at least for me.  The fact that they won't even COMMENT on the status of your application until you've sent them proof of where your attending law school is a bit shady.  I thought it had to do with wanting to maintain the prestige of the program (i.e. you'll only get accepted if you go to a T14 school, or whatever), but when I asked the interviewer about it, they said the reason they do it is because they have some people who interview who don't even end up going to law school.  They just want to know you're going SOMEWHERE.  Once you're in, they might use it for placement with firms, but it's not as crucial to your admission into the program in general.  It may just be me, but I am not going to wait 4 months as I get school responses back to "maybe" get an internship offer at the end, and "maybe" with a firm that I'd like to go back to, especially since I have other offers oustanding.  I figure I'll have time in law school to make actual summer associate money (SEO doesn't pay all that much) at a firm I would probably like to go back to full time.  The risk is too great for something that you can do just as well next year.  Sure you might get a head start on networking, but my advice is, if you're not going to work elsewhere, take the summer off and have fun.  It'll be the last time you'll be able to do that for a while...you have the whole rest of your life to be a lawyer.  I'm sure the program is great for all that participate, but the process of getting there is, in my opinion, not worth the rewards.  You can do the same thing next year, and spend time exploring the culture of the firms on your own beforehand instead of getting randomly assigned to one that pays about half if not less of of what you'll be making next summer.

Just my thoughts...don't want to start a riot. : )


Law firm interviews seem to be informal anyway, though.  I'm not too surprised about the small talk or anything else you posted (maybe the Blackberry, but not that surprised).  I guess only you all can decide whether the program is worth your time though.

Titcr.  I had one 20-min interview where the partner spent the entire time asking me about my family and cricket.  I don't think we even spent a minute talking about anything remotely law related.


This is true, I'm aware that many interviews for professional-type jobs can be extremely informal.  However, it has been my experience that those firms PAY for your travel expenses to interview, so it doesn't really matter too much that they spend your interview time talking about the NBA.  But for a program that really makes its applicants beg to be accepted, and then doesn't give the applicants the time of day, it's just a bit disappointing.  Especially when decisions are made so late, and often times when it's then too late to find a decent replacement internship.  I just got the impression that the program was very full of themselves.  Sure they're great firms, but they're internships that you can just as easily get next year (and get paid way more). Again, just my thoughts.

1. Not necessarily.  I paid to travel to the interview I mentioned above.  Not all firms  pay for 1Ls to interview.

2. it's not a job that you can easily get next year.  It's obviously not impossible to get a 1L firm job, but it can be very difficult.  And the market will definitely be tighter next year if we're heading into a recession.

3. Don't think that a firm isn't evaluating you because they aren't discussing your impressive credentials.  They can get all that from the resume.  Often they're more interested in seeing if you're a likable person who can carry a decent conversation on something other than law.  They're interested in hiring people, not statistics.

4. The cellphone/blackberry thing might have also been intentional.  Some people practice stress interviews, where they'll do/say things that seem outside the norm to judge how you'd react in a tense/weird situation.  If you're action was anything like the reaction you showed here, you probably didn't pass.  ;)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on January 28, 2008, 07:01:54 PM
Re: Blackberry

As was mentioned in the post above, SEO does stress interviews.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: UNAS on January 28, 2008, 10:18:16 PM
I've interviewed already. Its not bad if you establish a easy going relationship from the onset. You gotta remember that these people are looking for a reason to help you. In my case it was 10 minutes before we got to our first interview question. And thy were all basic. It might have helped that she was beautiful, but it was a very enjoyable experience.

So I've never posted on this before, but I thought I would share my thoughts about my recent experience interviewing with SEO.  First of all, I thought that the interviewer (there was only 1) was extremely unprofessional.  Nice and congenial, yes.  But the entire interview she was checking her blackberry and cell phone every time it blinked.  As someone who flew quite a ways and took time off of school and work to participate in the interview (which is only 30 minutes, by the way), I felt that I deserved her undivided attention.  I felt like the questions asked were very generic, and more behavioral than the kinds of questions that would be useful to really narrow down the candidate field.  And what's more, she spent the first 10 minutes small-talking about stuff that had no bearing on my selection, other than seeing that I could carry a conversation.  Sure it's important to build rapport with your interviewer, but it was excessive given the time constraint.  I realize this is not in itself enough to sway my opinions on the program, but still, it was just disappointing.     

As far as the program itself, I'm not sure it's worth the stress, at least for me.  The fact that they won't even COMMENT on the status of your application until you've sent them proof of where your attending law school is a bit shady.  I thought it had to do with wanting to maintain the prestige of the program (i.e. you'll only get accepted if you go to a T14 school, or whatever), but when I asked the interviewer about it, they said the reason they do it is because they have some people who interview who don't even end up going to law school.  They just want to know you're going SOMEWHERE.  Once you're in, they might use it for placement with firms, but it's not as crucial to your admission into the program in general.  It may just be me, but I am not going to wait 4 months as I get school responses back to "maybe" get an internship offer at the end, and "maybe" with a firm that I'd like to go back to, especially since I have other offers oustanding.  I figure I'll have time in law school to make actual summer associate money (SEO doesn't pay all that much) at a firm I would probably like to go back to full time.  The risk is too great for something that you can do just as well next year.  Sure you might get a head start on networking, but my advice is, if you're not going to work elsewhere, take the summer off and have fun.  It'll be the last time you'll be able to do that for a while...you have the whole rest of your life to be a lawyer.  I'm sure the program is great for all that participate, but the process of getting there is, in my opinion, not worth the rewards.  You can do the same thing next year, and spend time exploring the culture of the firms on your own beforehand instead of getting randomly assigned to one that pays about half if not less of of what you'll be making next summer.

Just my thoughts...don't want to start a riot. : )


Law firm interviews seem to be informal anyway, though.  I'm not too surprised about the small talk or anything else you posted (maybe the Blackberry, but not that surprised).  I guess only you all can decide whether the program is worth your time though.

Titcr.  I had one 20-min interview where the partner spent the entire time asking me about my family and cricket.  I don't think we even spent a minute talking about anything remotely law related.


This is true, I'm aware that many interviews for professional-type jobs can be extremely informal.  However, it has been my experience that those firms PAY for your travel expenses to interview, so it doesn't really matter too much that they spend your interview time talking about the NBA.  But for a program that really makes its applicants beg to be accepted, and then doesn't give the applicants the time of day, it's just a bit disappointing.  Especially when decisions are made so late, and often times when it's then too late to find a decent replacement internship.  I just got the impression that the program was very full of themselves.  Sure they're great firms, but they're internships that you can just as easily get next year (and get paid way more). Again, just my thoughts.

1. Not necessarily.  I paid to travel to the interview I mentioned above.  Not all firms  pay for 1Ls to interview.

2. it's not a job that you can easily get next year.  It's obviously not impossible to get a 1L firm job, but it can be very difficult.  And the market will definitely be tighter next year if we're heading into a recession.

3. Don't think that a firm isn't evaluating you because they aren't discussing your impressive credentials.  They can get all that from the resume.  Often they're more interested in seeing if you're a likable person who can carry a decent conversation on something other than law.  They're interested in hiring people, not statistics.

4. The cellphone/blackberry thing might have also been intentional.  Some people practice stress interviews, where they'll do/say things that seem outside the norm to judge how you'd react in a tense/weird situation.  If you're action was anything like the reaction you showed here, you probably didn't pass.  ;)

I concur with everything above. As the elderstatesmen here (at least in terms of professional experience) I would advise against blowing off an offer to intern at a vault firm under any circumstances. For starters, screw your summer. When you intern that will probably give you some much needed insight into not only that particular firm, but the practice of law in general. Secondly, it will help put into perspective your work load when you start your 1L year. I hate to talk at out of my ass, but I find nontraditional students often agree that law school by and large is easier than working 9 to 12 hours everyday at a regular job. Thirdly, you would have an enormous advantage over your competition. Fourthly, where do people get notion you can't work and relax simultaneously? Again, not to sound harsh, but the idea of taking a summer off when you have been blessed with such an opportunity continues to baffle me. Barring family issues or health, there is no reason to do otherwise unless you want to work in public interest.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: bsbktbpa on January 31, 2008, 05:51:04 PM
does anybody know of any other options for soon-to-be 1Ls the summer before school starts? most firms dont want to hire someone who is for sure not going to be coming back to work FT because internships are part of their recruiting efforts. i thought my only option besides this SEO internship was a parttime job....
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: 20+ Andrew Hill Albums on February 01, 2008, 08:02:45 PM
This seems very much geared toward college seniors and recent grads. Are people who have been out of school for a while at a disadvantage here?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on February 01, 2008, 08:11:43 PM
SEO specifically states that the program is geared for college seniors/recent grads who are heading to law school the next fall.

This seems very much geared toward college seniors and recent grads. Are people who have been out of school for a while at a disadvantage here?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: 20+ Andrew Hill Albums on February 01, 2008, 08:23:50 PM
By "geared toward", do they mean non-trad law school applicants need not apply?  Do they have a rule of some sort... like American Idol?

SEO specifically states that the program is geared for college seniors/recent grads who are heading to law school the next fall.

This seems very much geared toward college seniors and recent grads. Are people who have been out of school for a while at a disadvantage here?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: alexb240 on February 02, 2008, 08:13:17 PM
I just got back home from my DC interview. I thought it went well, but it was a little intense. I plan on posting more thoughts later, but I'm pretty fried at the moment. If anyone has any specific questions, shoot me a PM and I'll be happy to try and answer them.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: greenplaid on February 03, 2008, 06:35:19 AM
I just got back home from my DC interview. I thought it went well, but it was a little intense. I plan on posting more thoughts later, but I'm pretty fried at the moment. If anyone has any specific questions, shoot me a PM and I'll be happy to try and answer them.

Congrats on your cycle. Hats off on Full Darrow!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on February 14, 2008, 09:52:18 AM
SWEET!  I'M IN!!

Good luck to everybody!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on February 14, 2008, 11:59:44 AM
SWEET!  I'M IN!!

Good luck to everybody!

When you say you're in do you mean you got an interview or that you were accepted as part of the Summer '08 class. Also, have you decided on Northwestern? Will you be at the Diverse Admit Day?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on February 14, 2008, 12:58:24 PM
SWEET!  I'M IN!!

Good luck to everybody!

When you say you're in do you mean you got an interview or that you were accepted as part of the Summer '08 class. Also, have you decided on Northwestern? Will you be at the Diverse Admit Day?

Receieved a call this morning!  I'm going to New York this summer!  Still waiting on the official acceptance email...

I have decided on Northwestern (over UVA and Vandy); The city of Chicago is too difficult to pass up.  I will be at the Diverse Admit Day, please PM me if anyone else is going too.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: CandyMonster on February 15, 2008, 05:40:01 PM
SWEET!  I'M IN!!

Good luck to everybody!

Congrats!!!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on February 16, 2008, 09:48:27 PM
Hi xoxo poster here. There's some great advice on this thread.

So far I've gotten into Michigan, Virginia and Georgetown in the top 8, while being waitlisted by Columbia and Northwestern. If I don't get into any higher schools (or decide to go to UVa for personal reasons), will my chances for this program be severely hurt?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on February 16, 2008, 10:47:06 PM
Hi xoxo poster here. There's some great advice on this thread.

So far I've gotten into Michigan, Virginia and Georgetown in the top 8, while being waitlisted by Columbia and Northwestern. If I don't get into any higher schools (or decide to go to UVa for personal reasons), will my chances for this program be severely hurt?

I'm a 1L at Michigan and at least 3 of my classmates did seo.  You'll be fine.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on February 17, 2008, 01:08:08 AM
thanks pikey

do you have any advice for how to analyze the legal case? i can't analyze it like a lawyer (of course), so what should I do?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: pikey on February 17, 2008, 03:20:50 AM
thanks pikey

do you have any advice for how to analyze the legal case? i can't analyze it like a lawyer (of course), so what should I do?

I wasn't one of the people who did seo, so i have no idea what the legal case entails.  :)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on February 17, 2008, 06:49:39 AM
Hi xoxo poster here. There's some great advice on this thread.

So far I've gotten into Michigan, Virginia and Georgetown in the top 8, while being waitlisted by Columbia and Northwestern. If I don't get into any higher schools (or decide to go to UVa for personal reasons), will my chances for this program be severely hurt?

I'm in the program, and I'm going to Northwestern.  If your interview went well, I don't think you'd have much to worry about.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on February 17, 2008, 01:14:35 PM
Hey LifesaBitch, I didn't have my interview yet. Do you have any tips for analyzing the case?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on February 17, 2008, 01:39:29 PM
Hey LifesaBitch, I didn't have my interview yet. Do you have any tips for analyzing the case?

Just stay calm and take the necessary time before giving an answer.  Make sure you give an intelligent and coherent answer.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: UNAS on February 20, 2008, 08:44:26 AM
just got invited to an interview. so to all the non-traditional students out there, there is hope

YES WE CAN
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: regulator on February 21, 2008, 02:54:27 PM
me too...good luck to everyone interviewing and thanks to all who have posted on this thread - it's very helpful
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on February 23, 2008, 12:25:28 PM
I had my interview, and the advice given here helped tremendously. Thanks!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: biggame on February 26, 2008, 11:59:40 AM
My interview is this Thursday and I am getting a little excited/nervous. I am flying out to SF. Is there anyone else who has or will be interviewing in SF? What are the case studies about? After scheduling the interview they say for "interview tips" that the only way to prepare for the case is to "practice, practice, practice" but then they don't give any examples of what the cases are like. They say just go research on the internet. It's kind of vague. Anyways, oh..I have another question. Do you think SEO will discriminate if I get into a top 10 but choose to go to a top 25 instead because of price?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on February 26, 2008, 04:18:26 PM
Do you think SEO will discriminate if I get into a top 10 but choose to go to a top 25 instead because of price?

Yes.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on February 28, 2008, 06:31:48 PM
Do you think SEO will discriminate if I get into a top 10 but choose to go to a top 25 instead because of price?

Yes.

The long answer is that firms, for the same reasons they want associates and even paralegals to be from top schools (client marketing amongst them), also want SEO interns to be from top firms.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on March 03, 2008, 08:18:16 AM
NYU Summer Housing is already full...  >:(

They didn't bother to call me back to let me know that.  Wasted a week where I could'v been looking for housing else where.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: tkm. on March 03, 2008, 09:01:42 PM
For those of you who have been accepted...do you know when the program begins?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on March 04, 2008, 10:04:12 AM
For those of you who have been accepted...do you know when the program begins?

Orientation starts Memorial Day weekend.  The program lasts typically 10 weeks, but that's up to you and firm.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: tkm. on March 04, 2008, 12:13:37 PM
thanks
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on March 06, 2008, 02:32:17 PM
For those of you who have been accepted, how long between when you interviewed and when you heard back?  Thanks.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on March 06, 2008, 09:04:02 PM
For those of you who have been accepted, how long between when you interviewed and when you heard back?  Thanks.

I interviewed early February, did a phone interview three weeks later, then received the acceptance phone call the day after that.

I decided on my school in late January, so sent in my intent to enroll form pretty early.

P.S. is anyone else accepted in the program yet or am I the only one so far?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: biggame on March 07, 2008, 01:18:31 PM
I haven't been accepted yet. I still haven't decided where I will go to school though. How was the phone interview? At your first interview did you have any sense of whether or not you would get accepted into the program?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on March 18, 2008, 03:46:21 PM
Has anyone else received an email saying that they reached a decision?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on March 18, 2008, 03:55:40 PM
I did today as well.  I'm in for the New York program.  Congrats, Silver Fox.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on March 18, 2008, 04:08:01 PM
Congrats indyguy! Do you know what firm you are assigned to?

I'm not sure if congrats are in order for me quite yet. I'm in the same boat as jdwhome. But I do see the email as a good sign. I'm hoping that it's their way of letting us know that they are interested in us. I haven't committed to a school yet (despite the "Yale 2011" in my sig). I was hoping to wait until the ASW to make it final, but I'm wondering if I should just submit my deposit now.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: bsbktbpa on March 18, 2008, 04:29:11 PM
in the email i got, it said they were waiting to render a decision after they find out what law school i'm enrolling in -- is that the same email you guys are referring to? i'm not sure if i should see this as a good sign or try to find another internship!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Catherine Morland on March 18, 2008, 05:20:03 PM
Definitely respond to the e-mail with something like "I'm 95% set on x school and plan deposit on y date after I visit". Let them know you're still interested in SEO enough to keep them updated.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on March 18, 2008, 08:07:45 PM
I also got the "Tell us where you're going" e-mail.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on March 18, 2008, 08:57:21 PM
Congrats indyguy! Do you know what firm you are assigned to?

I'm not sure if congrats are in order for me quite yet. I'm in the same boat as jdwhome. But I do see the email as a good sign. I'm hoping that it's their way of letting us know that they are interested in us. I haven't committed to a school yet (despite the "Yale 2011" in my sig). I was hoping to wait until the ASW to make it final, but I'm wondering if I should just submit my deposit now.

I am also waiting on some ASWs and one other school before I commit anywhere. Good luck to everyone!

I haven't received my firm assignment yet.  I think we get them in April or May.  Congrats to the other people who got the "where are you going" email.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LifesaBitch on March 18, 2008, 09:13:35 PM

I haven't received my firm assignment yet.  I think we get them in April or May.  Congrats to the other people who got the "where are you going" email.

Congrats, everyone!  Sounds like we will see a lot of people here in NYC.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on March 18, 2008, 09:28:50 PM
Has anyone who wanted to be in the DC program been placed there?  I interviewed for DC but they selected me for New York.  Not complaining, but I'm interested in seeing what the ratio of DC to New York interns is.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: schooler on March 18, 2008, 11:33:47 PM
dammit!  why didn't i know about this program in time to apply??
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: dulcita314 on March 20, 2008, 12:12:58 PM
I got interviewed for the DC program but I also got the "render a final decision."  I got into Cal and I have until June to give them a final decision but in order to do the SEO program I need to decide sooner and take myself of UCLA's wait list...I'm really not sure how positive that email was bc it said the decision wouldn't be made for another two weeks after I let them know of my enrollment...
how did it work for those who got that email and then gave SEO their final enrollment status?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on March 24, 2008, 11:46:09 AM
Hey,

I was informed today that I was admitted to the SEO Corporate Law  Program in NYC.  I also received the email asking me to inform them of my choice of school as soon as possible.  I did so immediately and heard back today so I would urge all of you who received that email and are taking your sweet time to make a decision to act fast!  I hope to see some of you this summer  To those of you who have been accepted, what are your plans for housing?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on March 24, 2008, 12:19:26 PM
Thanks! NYU, u? Have you been accepted to the program as well?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on March 24, 2008, 12:53:00 PM
Hey,

I was informed today that I was admitted to the SEO Corporate Law  Program in NYC.  I also received the email asking me to inform them of my choice of school as soon as possible.  I did so immediately and heard back today so I would urge all of you who received that email and are taking your sweet time to make a decision to act fast!  I hope to see some of you this summer  To those of you who have been accepted, what are your plans for housing?

I'm looking for housing now.  Most of the places SEO recommended in their housing document don't really work for me since you have to pay upfront (and I don't have $4000 laying around) so I've been checking craigslist and a couple sublet agents.  New York Habitat in particular seems pretty good, although their fees can get a little steep.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on March 24, 2008, 03:51:13 PM
Thanks! NYU, u? Have you been accepted to the program as well?

Congrats on NYU! I only got the letter that said they wanted to know where I'm going. I am so worried the program will fill up before I hear back from my top choice!  :-[

QFT.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on March 24, 2008, 06:31:35 PM
I was actually in the process of waiting to hear back from Columbia when I received the SEO email, and I did not want to miss out on the opportunity so I just accepted NYU right away.  I was 90 percent certain I wanted to attend NYU anyway though.

Indyguy, I am from New York orignally so I'm debating whether I should stay at home or pay for housing.  The downside of living at home is the almost one hour commute into Manhattan while the obvious downside of paying for housing is the high cost.  Let me know if you find any great deals!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on March 27, 2008, 01:27:38 PM
Has anyone that has been accepted to the SEO program and that has agreed to enroll in the program received their firm assignment or any other information yet?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: dulcita314 on March 29, 2008, 03:40:33 PM
Thanks! NYU, u? Have you been accepted to the program as well?

Congrats on NYU! I only got the letter that said they wanted to know where I'm going. I am so worried the program will fill up before I hear back from my top choice!  :-[

I def understand your position, I still have to hear from 3 schools and find out financial aid....
I think you should be hearing back from most schools in the next few weeks.  The representative said they like to hear by mid April or the end of April where you're going to enroll so you should be good :) 
good luck!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cerise on April 03, 2008, 04:19:44 PM
does anyone know if seo takes the full 2 weeks after you give them your law school to accept or reject your application or are they just saying the time to cover their butts and they will get back to me in a few days. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on April 06, 2008, 09:38:22 PM
I notified them shortly after receiving the "Where are you attending email" and they responded back to me within two short days letting me know that I got the job.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on April 07, 2008, 09:55:48 AM
to Godson: how did they respond to you? By e-mail?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: buckets47 on April 07, 2008, 05:45:15 PM
I received my acceptance Friday by e-mail. The e-mail stated they weren't able to contact me by phone, so they e-mailed me.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on April 09, 2008, 11:12:31 AM
to Godson: how did they respond to you? By e-mail?

They let me know by phone, and after they spoke to me they sent me an email containing info.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on April 09, 2008, 11:14:35 AM
Bucketz and the rest of you that have also been accepted, what do you guys plan to do for housing? I can make a couple recommendations if you are interested.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on April 09, 2008, 12:53:02 PM
I hope I haven't been rejected! It's been over a week now since I faxed them my enrollment information; I spoke to them by phone yesterday and they said that I am still under review. Hopefully this is not because I chose a mid-range T14 with scholarship over NYU. (I know that they say 2 to 3 weeks, but I am just paranoid since others have reported hearing back extremely quickly - I want this internship so badly :()
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on April 09, 2008, 01:35:03 PM
I hope I haven't been rejected! It's been over a week now since I faxed them my enrollment information; I spoke to them by phone yesterday and they said that I am still under review. Hopefully this is not because I chose a mid-range T14 with scholarship over NYU. (I know that they say 2 to 3 weeks, but I am just paranoid since others have reported hearing back extremely quickly - I want this internship so badly :()

Man, what did you choose over NYU?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on April 09, 2008, 01:48:54 PM
Virginia (besides the scholarship, there are some personal reasons as well)

EDIT: I just called again and they said the latest I would hear back was the beginning of May.  :P
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cerise on April 09, 2008, 05:39:16 PM
I hope I haven't been rejected! It's been over a week now since I faxed them my enrollment information; I spoke to them by phone yesterday and they said that I am still under review. Hopefully this is not because I chose a mid-range T14 with scholarship over NYU. (I know that they say 2 to 3 weeks, but I am just paranoid since others have reported hearing back extremely quickly - I want this internship so badly :()

I'm in the same position as you.  I submitted my intent form about a week ago and have been a nervous wreck every since.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on April 09, 2008, 06:05:01 PM
What school are you attending, Cerise?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: hoyathon on April 09, 2008, 10:52:07 PM
just curious, how difficult is the SEO corporate internship- what qualifications do you need to get accepted?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: htownlegal on April 12, 2008, 11:00:00 AM
I heard about the program and I want to apply but I am a bit concerned because my GPA isn't the best due to a medical issue one semester. For the people who have been admitted, may I ask how competitive was the application process? What are the GPAs that you've encountered? And do you think that they would take various hardships into account?

EAB

PS. I normally would visit the web-site to find out the requirements but there seems to be something with the website; and I think the best information is from actual participants and alumni.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on April 12, 2008, 08:44:20 PM
Htownlegal,

The GPA requirement for the program is a 3.0 or better.  The stronger your GPA the better, obviously.  Also, you have to be a senior who has taken the LSAT in order to apply.  You should have a strong LSAT score in order to be competitive, so I would aim for a 160 or better.  The catch to being accepted to the program and what seems to supersede the GPA and LSAT requirement (from what I've heard) is that you have to be accepted into a T-14 school.  I would imagine that the higher ranked T-14 you attend, the better your chance of being accepted as well.  There is also an interview process in which case questions will be asked.  You should research case questions and how to respond to them.  I think the program is rather competitive.  I am not sure how much they are willing to take special circumstances into account so I really cannot speak to that.  I hope that I've helped, good luck!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: htownlegal on April 13, 2008, 07:36:49 AM
Do you think that UTexas would still be considered. I think its ranked 15 or 16
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on April 13, 2008, 10:19:47 AM
I doubt that UTexas would be considered.  Recall from the quote above that approximately 45/50 participants were from T-14s.  That means that approx. 5 were outside of the T-14, so there is a chance.  I have heard that students who go to Howard have also been accepted to this program, despite its Tier 3 status (I think it's Tier 3), so Howard students may or may not account for some of at that 10%.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: htownlegal on April 13, 2008, 06:07:43 PM
Howard? really. Thats good for them, they must have had very good LSAT scores. Well I will look at the website and look for more information. So how long is the application process? This summer I've applied to various internships and it feels like some of them are taking their time selecting participants, I hate juggling and waiting for offers.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on April 13, 2008, 07:31:06 PM
Howard? really. Thats good for them, they must have had very good LSAT scores. Well I will look at the website and look for more information. So how long is the application process? This summer I've applied to various internships and it feels like some of them are taking their time selecting participants, I hate juggling and waiting for offers.

The application process seemed pretty reasonable to me.  I applied during the last application period, in late January, had my interview in mid-February, and found out I was accepted in early March. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on April 16, 2008, 01:04:47 PM
Rejected by SEO today.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on April 16, 2008, 01:10:35 PM
Rejected by SEO today.

Sorry to hear that Joe.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cerise on April 16, 2008, 01:21:42 PM
Rejected by SEO today.

if you don't mind telling, when did you apply and did they email you the decision?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on April 16, 2008, 01:38:58 PM
:( sorry to hear that
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on April 16, 2008, 06:16:49 PM
Rejected by SEO today.

if you don't mind telling, when did you apply and did they email you the decision?

I applied right around the time of the first deadline and my decision was e-mailed to me (I had to click on a link).
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on April 16, 2008, 06:17:49 PM
Rejected by SEO today.

So sorry to hear that joe  :-[ If you dont mind me asking did you interview or get a request for the school you are going to?

I'm not certain if I understand what you're saying, but I did do the interview with them and was asked what school I am going to (see the sig).
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: htownlegal on April 16, 2008, 06:34:09 PM
I know this is a personal question, feel free to ignore, but what was your GPA and LSAT score. I am considering applying for the next year and I want to see if its even worth it.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: princetonug on April 16, 2008, 07:47:11 PM
i also just found out i got rejected - seems like uva and northwestern aren't good enough for them - you have to be top 6! :( i hope this isn't foreboding for my legal career
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cerise on April 16, 2008, 07:52:37 PM
i also just found out i got rejected - seems like uva and northwestern aren't good enough for them - you have to be top 6! :( i hope this isn't foreboding for my legal career

sorry, princetonug.  look on the bright side, UVA is still a great school.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on April 17, 2008, 07:19:59 AM
Rejected by SEO today.

So sorry to hear that joe  :-[ If you dont mind me asking did you interview or get a request for the school you are going to?

I'm not certain if I understand what you're saying, but I did do the interview with them and was asked what school I am going to (see the sig).

After your interview, did they send you a letter asking where you are going to law school?

Yes.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: oortaq on April 18, 2008, 11:20:57 AM
There is hope for those who aren't attending T-6...my friend just got notified that she got SEO and she's attending Vanderbilt.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: buckets47 on April 18, 2008, 12:43:39 PM
i also just found out i got rejected - seems like uva and northwestern aren't good enough for them - you have to be top 6! :( i hope this isn't foreboding for my legal career

I got into the program and I'm going to Georgetown. I applied very early though so that may be a factor. I'm actually going to have to decline my acceptance so I hope one of you LSDers gets in!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cerise on April 18, 2008, 12:57:12 PM
i also just found out i got rejected - seems like uva and northwestern aren't good enough for them - you have to be top 6! :( i hope this isn't foreboding for my legal career

I got into the program and I'm going to Georgetown. I applied very early though so that may be a factor. I'm actually going to have to decline my acceptance so I hope one of you LSDers gets in!

Congrats!  did you find out today?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: htownlegal on April 18, 2008, 03:02:26 PM
i also just found out i got rejected - seems like uva and northwestern aren't good enough for them - you have to be top 6! :( i hope this isn't foreboding for my legal career

I got into the program and I'm going to Georgetown. I applied very early though so that may be a factor. I'm actually going to have to decline my acceptance so I hope one of you LSDers gets in!

So what are you doing in the summer instead? And how early did you apply?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: buckets47 on April 22, 2008, 12:09:27 PM
i also just found out i got rejected - seems like uva and northwestern aren't good enough for them - you have to be top 6! :( i hope this isn't foreboding for my legal career

I got into the program and I'm going to Georgetown. I applied very early though so that may be a factor. I'm actually going to have to decline my acceptance so I hope one of you LSDers gets in!

Congrats!  did you find out today?

I found out, I believe, April 4th because I needed about 2 weeks to make my decision.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: buckets47 on April 22, 2008, 12:13:49 PM
i also just found out i got rejected - seems like uva and northwestern aren't good enough for them - you have to be top 6! :( i hope this isn't foreboding for my legal career

I got into the program and I'm going to Georgetown. I applied very early though so that may be a factor. I'm actually going to have to decline my acceptance so I hope one of you LSDers gets in!

So what are you doing in the summer instead? And how early did you apply?

I'm going to be in France finishing up an MA in French. I hate the program but I'm so close that I might as well finish. And I applied in November.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on April 22, 2008, 07:15:11 PM
I got the acceptance phone call today. I'm pretty excited. I have to accept or deny the offer by the end of this week. Firm assignments TBA within the next two weeks. Good luck to everyone who is still waiting!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: cerise on April 23, 2008, 04:26:59 PM
jdwhome- you are doing better than me.  I submitted mine enrollment form over THREE weeks ago and heard not one peep from them.  This sucks.  sgould i call them?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: wjking08 on April 24, 2008, 02:49:41 PM
Hey, I have a question that I hope that someone can help answer. I received the "let us know what school you're attending" email on March, 18. After about a month and a week of waiting on financial offers from schools I finally chose Columbia this morning. Earlier today I faxed SEO my enrollment deposit, but I have a feeling that I may have waited too long to let them know. Do you think the door has closed on me?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on April 24, 2008, 03:31:39 PM
Hey, I have a question that I hope that someone can help answer. I received the "let us know what school you're attending" email on March, 18. After about a month and a week of waiting on financial offers from schools I finally chose Columbia this morning. Earlier today I faxed SEO my enrollment deposit, but I have a feeling that I may have waited too long to let them know. Do you think the door has closed on me?

No, I don't think it's too late at all. I sent them an email back in March letting them know that I wouldn't be making a decision until after I had visited all of the schools and received all of my financial aid offers. They assured me that delaying my decision would not negatively impact my chances as long as I got back to them before May. I just sent my deposit form on Monday and it turned out well. Good luck!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: wjking08 on April 25, 2008, 11:08:13 PM
Hey, I have a question that I hope that someone can help answer. I received the "let us know what school you're attending" email on March, 18. After about a month and a week of waiting on financial offers from schools I finally chose Columbia this morning. Earlier today I faxed SEO my enrollment deposit, but I have a feeling that I may have waited too long to let them know. Do you think the door has closed on me?

No, I don't think it's too late at all. I sent them an email back in March letting them know that I wouldn't be making a decision until after I had visited all of the schools and received all of my financial aid offers. They assured me that delaying my decision would not negatively impact my chances as long as I got back to them before May. I just sent my deposit form on Monday and it turned out well. Good luck!

Got the call this afternoon, I'm in. Good Luck to everyone who is still waiting...
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: biggame on April 26, 2008, 07:51:02 PM
I'm still waiting...I sent in m dposit info about a week and a half ago...I am getting anxious
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: bsbktbpa on April 29, 2008, 04:35:10 PM
yah same here. i'm getting close to two weeks now and really really anxious... are all rejections by email? i have no idea how to gauge my chances... ahhhhh
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on May 02, 2008, 10:41:04 AM
Got my firm placement today. Now the nerves are kicking in...
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: indyguy7484 on May 02, 2008, 12:19:01 PM
Got my placement too!  I'll be at Dewey $ LeBoeuf this summer.  I'm really excited since they were one of my top choices.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: alexb240 on May 02, 2008, 01:58:22 PM
I'll be at Sullivan & Cromwell. Pretty excited!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: wjking08 on May 02, 2008, 04:26:22 PM
Got my firm placement today also. I'll be at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. I'm excited.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on May 02, 2008, 10:48:07 PM
How did you guys find out your firm assignments? By email, phone call?  I haven't heard mine yet.  >:(
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on May 03, 2008, 04:28:45 AM
How did you guys find out your firm assignments? By email, phone call?  I haven't heard mine yet.  >:(

Phone call.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: egreenwood on May 03, 2008, 12:39:44 PM
 :( >:( :-\

grrrr. missed the call friday afternoon! now i have to wait til monday. :( for those of you who already know, did you get details about offer and start date or will the firm reach out soon?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on May 03, 2008, 01:30:22 PM
The firm is supposed to call next week with details about pay and start and end dates.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: wjking08 on May 03, 2008, 01:31:03 PM
:( >:( :-\

grrrr. missed the call friday afternoon! now i have to wait til monday. :( for those of you who already know, did you get details about offer and start date or will the firm reach out soon?

The SEO representative who calls lets you know your firm placement. The firm is then suppose to call you a few days after with the details about the offer and the start date.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: htownlegal on May 04, 2008, 08:48:47 AM
Congratulations to all of you on your acceptance and placements!! & Good look with law school!! I hope to be right behind you.

-- Liz
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Godson on May 05, 2008, 10:00:54 AM
got my assignment today.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: wjking08 on May 06, 2008, 03:43:23 PM
I was accepted into the program very late in the game, so I am still scrambling for housing, is anyone else in the same boat or does anyone have any leads or suggestions?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Special Agent Dana Scully on May 06, 2008, 03:48:20 PM
I was accepted into the program very late in the game, so I am still scrambling for housing, is anyone else in the same boat or does anyone have any leads or suggestions?

see if you can sublet from someone on campus...
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: biggame on May 24, 2008, 09:47:23 PM
I finally got rejected from the program.

The SEO people are liars and full of themselves.

Good luck to everyone in the program. I'm not bitter towards you. I am upset that SEO drags out the whole decision until the last minute like it's no big deal...like the earth stops rotating for them.

And like I said before, the SEO people are liars and full of themselves.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Silver Fox on June 07, 2008, 09:15:29 PM
I couldn't let this thread die on such a sour note. SEO is an amazing, repeat, AMAZING opportunity and I feel uber lucky to have been accepted to the program. I get treated exactly like every other summer associate at my firm, blackberry, laptop, 3 hour lunches, cars home and all. More importantly, I'm doing real legal work while getting an extra summer to get a feel for where I want to work and in which practice area. Plus, ummm, I'm getting paid. Well. Seriously, I am loving life right now.

This program is worth all the hastle and uncertainty that surrounds the application proccess so my advice is to apply. If you get accepted you will be thanking your lucky stars over and over.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on September 16, 2008, 03:47:43 PM
i'm planning on applying this year. any tips/thoughts on the interview process???
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AceKlub on October 13, 2008, 05:21:49 PM
Question for anyone who has participated in the Corporate Law Program:

What are the benefits beyond the pay? It seems to me as though after income taxes and rent one wouldn't be left with more than about 6 or 7gs for a 10 week stint. I say this bc I have a friend who did SEO in asset mgt and told me so much...any other reasons for doing it? what type of networking does it expose you to? how significantly does it accelerate your law career?

thanks in advance
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: mfs73 on October 15, 2008, 08:19:22 AM
I used to work for a brokerage house, and we had several interns each summer from SEO.  Some received job offers in their first year of interning (rare), and others were asked to come back for the second summer...afterwards, many of them received job offers. 

They gayly returned to their final year of study with a job offer already in hand and could breath a sigh of relief.  They then returned to the bank and made a crapload of money.  I would wholeheartedly suggest taking part in the program if you can.  I fully intend to. 

I'm wondering if they have an age requirement....seeing as they are proponents of Equal Opportunity, it would be ironic if they actually discriminated agaisnt working adults based on age. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on December 02, 2008, 10:50:20 PM
submitted my app. anyone else out there applied/applying?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on December 03, 2008, 03:00:57 PM
I'll be applying shortly myself. Do you know anything about the selection/interview process?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on December 03, 2008, 04:17:07 PM
hmm as far as i could tell from their website and this old thread, after you submit your application, from mid-decemberish up through march/april they send out interview requests to people with promising applications - if you don't get an interview, you didn't get in. based on the application, interview, and an official transcript and rec letter you're supposed to submit if you get an interview, they then let you know whether you got in the program or not AFTER you've committed to a school.

apparently the selection process depends heavily on prestige of schools you're admitted to/the school you decide to attend. and the interview has some kind of case question and generic resume-based questions/typical job questions, though some people say they use stress interview techniques as well.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on December 12, 2008, 01:26:34 PM
I just applied last night. When do you think we should expect responses about whether or not we received interviews?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on December 12, 2008, 07:58:41 PM
I just got notified for an interview! That was fast!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joseito21 on December 12, 2008, 08:00:46 PM
Ditto,
I was reading over the old entries and peopled seemed to wait forever. I applied last ngiht nad got an interview request tonight. Ha Ha, maybe not as competitive as in previous years. Where you interviewing at?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on December 12, 2008, 08:11:24 PM
I'm heading to NYC. You? It seemed strange that there were only three days available to select for the interview and you choose anything later (I don't even fly back in town until the Jan. 9th!)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on December 13, 2008, 01:55:58 AM
also got the interview invite...

BJ or anyone - can you explain the scheduler to me??? it seemed like every day/time/city was gray and "not available"?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on December 13, 2008, 02:03:31 AM
ha, never mind. figured it out... sad... no LA interviews this year it seems, or at least not yet. managed to snag one for san francisco.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on December 13, 2008, 05:08:52 AM
Anyone know what the likelihood of getting an offer is if you receive an invite? Also, do you know how many people get accepted to nyc and to dc?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joseito21 on December 14, 2008, 09:16:10 PM
Yeah, I chose NYC as well. I have Jan 9. I was reading another forum [see below]and it seems that it is VERY VERY much to one's advantage to be a minority and decide on a top 14 law school. Apparently, their decision isn't given until you submit you law school enrollment receipt.

They also said that almost everyone is placed NY.

http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=50541&start=25
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: secondsblue on December 15, 2008, 12:38:42 PM
Questions:

1.)What's the deal with the "applications with partner firms" section? I haven't applied to any partner firms... I figured they'd just place you if you were accepted for an internship...

2.)Also, I was invited to apply via snail mail. I graduated in December 2007. Am I still considered a recent grad for purposes of the Summer 09 program?

3.)Does LSAT/SAT matter? They ask for it a few times. My LSAT was 164, and I never took SATs or ACTs. Undergrad GPA was 3.92

4.) Is Boalt = autoadmit to SEO?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on December 15, 2008, 01:51:25 PM
1) Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see a section for law schools, where you can put in where you applied and where you got in.

2) I think that, as long as you're planning to enroll in law school in the fall and you haven't been out too nlong, you're eligible.

3) I'd say LSAT probably matters more, but I'd just list all?

4) I don't think so, since there were numerous students from a host of different places.

On another note, anyone know how to go about researching firms to discuss during the interview?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: throwawayname1 on December 15, 2008, 03:23:23 PM
joseito21 - it's to your advantage to be a minority because it's a minority program.

1) the "partner firm" part of the application is mostly directed to the finance program candidates. basically they want to know if you're applying directly to an internship program at one of their partners as well as through SEO. where corporate law is considered, SEO isn't a parallel program - it's the only program.

2) It's OK if you're out of school and worked for a while. In fact it's probably a boost. You know how the real world operates, and thats a major asset.

3) They ask for all your academic credentials, where you get into, and where you're matriculating for mostly the same reason - the firms they're partnering include a number of the most selective firms in the country. The firms let SEO select and place all the candidates without their input. No doubt that in return there's an expectation on the part of the firms that the interns they get will reflect their targetted recruiting demographic - T14 schools.

4) No school is truly an autoadmit, but I'm fairly sure Berkeley clears a major hurdle for getting a slot.

As for NY/DC, SEO has been in NY for a long time, and just started in DC last year. Also the NY market is significantly larger anyway.

You won't really be asked about the firms during your interview. If you've done a lot of interviews, you'll know they tend to fall into two categories. There's the "friendly conversation" interview, and then there's the "bordering hostile/skeptical interview." SEO tends to the latter category. Know the traditional interview questions (why do you want this position? What makes you a better fit than anyone else? greatest Strength/Weakness, etc.) Have good answers for all the standard stuff. Know your resume - you will get asked about it. Especially any sort of gap. Also, this is a corporate law program - they asked me how I'd explain the lack of any business/econ/corporate experience on my resume to a legal recruiter. When I did the interview, they also asked you to read a newspaper article they'd give you and then you'd have to explain it coherently and answer some questions about it.

SEO is a great program, I learned a lot about the structure and nature of the industry. I felt super-informed when 2L OCI rolled around this year. Especially with the way the economy is now, this is a really solid leg-up. Go for it.

good luck!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: secondsblue on December 15, 2008, 05:53:31 PM
any difference in sending 1 recs vs. more? also, anyone submit a resume longer than 1 page?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on December 17, 2008, 03:15:45 PM
I think they say explicitly to send a 1 pager, though I'm not how sure how strict they are on that.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on December 24, 2008, 05:52:16 PM
I'm interviewing the third wkend of January in SF... who's interviewing earlier? any thoughts on how to best prepare?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on December 24, 2008, 05:55:19 PM
I'm interviewing the 2nd weekend in January in NYC. Basically, I think I'll just go over my resume, look up a couple firms, and have some idea of why I want SEO/corporate law. You?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on December 29, 2008, 10:48:34 AM
basically the same. i didn't think about looking up firms... though now i suppose i will if i have time. for me the resume review is prob'ly the most important, since i have several version of it floating around my desktop and i don't want to be inconsistent with the version i sent in. Good luck to you! and happy new year.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on January 06, 2009, 12:50:18 AM
Anyone do SEO or know anything about it?  I had some questions...

1)How do you get in?
2)How do they place you with a firm?
3)They say the pay range is $650-$1000.  How do they decide how much you're paid?
4)What is the experience like?  Is there a lot fo work?

I heard that the pay goes as high as $1,300/wk. That's much better than $1,000, considering that you'll likely be in NY.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: prophecysp04 on January 08, 2009, 03:11:46 PM
I have heard that SEO is very conservative.  I am interested in applying for an opportunity, but I have shoulder-length dreads that I typically pull back into a ponytail.  Would this prohibit me from obtaining a position?  Has anyone with this hairstyle been accepted into the program in the past?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on January 08, 2009, 09:57:11 PM
I have heard that SEO is very conservative.  I am interested in applying for an opportunity, but I have shoulder-length dreads that I typically pull back into a ponytail.  Would this prohibit me from obtaining a position?  Has anyone with this hairstyle been accepted into the program in the past?

I don't know, but it begs the question, "Why ask for pictures in the first place?" I mean, if the pix are for publicity reasons, they can get those after one is admitted to the program. On the other hand, people change their hairstyles, gain/lose weight, get tan, etc, so if the pic is meant for indicative purposes, I don't see how it's of any use.

I am more concerned with the fact that most of their admitted students have come from T-14 schools. I wonder what that means for my prospects, because I have only applied to four of them (one of which I have almost no shot at getting into: Yale).

 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: throwawayname1 on January 08, 2009, 10:56:15 PM
1) Lawdog, the salary figures do in fact range quite a bit, and are on a weekly basis (i.e. anywhere from 700 to 1000+ dollars a week). It depends on each employer.

2) prophecy, SEO does take a very conservative approach to working in the corporate world. It's a truism that the legal industry is a conservative one. SEO tends to take a somewhat extreme approach - the rule of thumb is that its always better to play it safe. SEO preaches a certain kind of conformity - you should be unremarkable in every way except your attitude, effort, and the quality of your work product, or as the unofficial motto goes "Do it better, do it faster, then ask for more." That being said, you might be able to pull it off if the dreads are relatively short, tied back, and you generally look professional etc. If you've got the credentials and attitude, the hair won't really be an issue (i.e. you're Harvard bound). In fact I'd say you'd be perfectly fine during OCI and any actual interviews in the future. FWIW, My class of SEO generally fit the minimal facial hair + generally short hair cut mold.

3) Lawdog, as to your concern about the impact of where you go to law school, I addressed the question a bit on the previous page. In short: where you get into school matters. A lot. T14 isn't a lock, nor is T15-20 an autoreject. But it's a numbers game and the preference for an academic pedigree is understandable considering the firms who participate in the program look for the same thing when they hire 2Ls.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on January 09, 2009, 03:27:35 PM
to those who interviewed in NYC today - how was it? thoughts/recap? hope it went well for you!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: legends159 on January 09, 2009, 04:28:09 PM
to those who interviewed in NYC today - how was it? thoughts/recap? hope it went well for you!

+1
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Sambamc on January 09, 2009, 08:28:46 PM
 :-\ :-[ :'(
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on January 09, 2009, 10:51:12 PM
Mine's tomorrow. I'll debrief for the board afterwards :)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: joebuddencirca03 on January 09, 2009, 11:39:45 PM
SEO is extremely conservative and rarely selects persons outside of the T-14, to answer a couple questions I saw raised upthread.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Sambamc on January 10, 2009, 01:22:42 PM
So to confirm how this works, I have to choose a school before they'll even tell me if I'm in? That sucks mostly cuz I have only heard back from two schools.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: throwawayname1 on January 10, 2009, 01:40:39 PM
So to confirm how this works, I have to choose a school before they'll even tell me if I'm in? That sucks mostly cuz I have only heard back from two schools.

That's why they don't really get around to picking applicants until April (my year at least)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on January 10, 2009, 02:36:40 PM
Another question...Is SEO partial to HBCU and IVY graduates? Would someone from Spelman or Howard undergrad (or Columbia or Brown) have a distict advantage? Because it seems to be the case. My impression is that the ideal SEO candidate attends an HBCU or IVY undergrad and applies successfully to a T-14; which limits the range of candidates who actually have a realistic chance. But I could be wrong, of course.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: throwawayname1 on January 10, 2009, 02:58:56 PM
What appears to be partiality is probably selection selection bias. The minority students most likely to do well in college and on the LSAT and get into T14 law schools are most likley already at top undergrad schools. That being said my class had a solid mix of non-Ivy/HBCU students anyway. It's not about where you went, it's about where you're going.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on January 11, 2009, 12:15:15 AM
What appears to be partiality is probably selection selection bias. The minority students most likely to do well in college and on the LSAT and get into T14 law schools are most likley already at top undergrad schools. That being said my class had a solid mix of non-Ivy/HBCU students anyway. It's not about where you went, it's about where you're going.

That is my point. Why is it that SEO has this bias...that it assumes that only students from T-14 schools are "going" somewhere? There are sharp students at T3 schools like Howard Law and NYLS, and certainly sharp ones at the the Top-50 schools.

I'm just asking. I may meet SEO's requirements anyways, as I am a decent candidate at some T-14's. I am only saying that it is unfair. Blacks, Indians and Hispanics have been on the receiving end of elitism for nearly all of our existence in this country. Does this bias not smack of elitism? I would ask that question even if I were already admitted at Harvard Law and SEO, because something isn't right about it. 
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: throwawayname1 on January 11, 2009, 12:54:53 AM
I've already said as much in other terms but, surprise surprise, law is an elitist profession. SEO doesn't exist to help T3 students break into biglaw. It exists to help minority students break into biglaw, and the way to get biglaw to play along at the 0L stage when you have no grades or any other indicia of law school performance is with 50+ T14 students. Think about it - even when firms routinely hire T50 and T100 2L Summer Associates, tend to limit their 1L hiring to T14, and the upper end of the T14, really. Finally, sharp T3 students who are at the top of their class will have options come 2L OCI.

If the elitism of the industry shocks you, sorry, nothing I can do about it. That's just life.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on January 11, 2009, 01:39:42 AM
I've already said as much in other terms but, surprise surprise, law is an elitist profession. SEO doesn't exist to help T3 students break into biglaw. It exists to help minority students break into biglaw, and the way to get biglaw to play along at the 0L stage when you have no grades or any other indicia of law school performance is with 50+ T14 students. Think about it - even when firms routinely hire T50 and T100 2L Summer Associates, tend to limit their 1L hiring to T14, and the upper end of the T14, really. Finally, sharp T3 students who are at the top of their class will have options come 2L OCI.

If the elitism of the industry shocks you, sorry, nothing I can do about it. That's just life.

No shock at all hombre. It's just that American Law is supposed to be fundamentally about inclusion...the sustenance of democracy through a healthy marketplace of ideas...the result of the full enfranchisement of ALL Americans...not the elitist profession you are touting.

Secondly, I know that corporate firms tend to limit their hiring to students at the T-14 schools for the most part...but the question is, "Should they be limiting their hiring in this way?"

Do not personalize this, as I can feel you doing. I stated an ideal about fairness "in general", not about fairness "to ME". This has absolutely nothing to do with what I can or cannot deal with. I am going to be in great position no matter what...so keep this debate professional and simple. I am a candidate at top schools (including T-14's), so I may make the SEO cut anyways. Furthermore, I believe in meritocracy, which is, paradoxically, why you and I disagree on this fundamental issue.

You see, many "elite" students, who the corporate law firms should clamor to know in their 1L years, are not at T-14 schools, contrary to what a lot of students believe. But this depends on your definition of "elite". To judge a top student mainly by his grades and LSAT's is to make a grave mistake. The quality of a student can be demonstrated in many ways. Unfortunately, the schools that are catering to the rankings are ignoring these other factors in their applicants.

Student "quality" at T-14 schools has been greatly compromised recently because of the USNWR rankings, forcing schools to turn into GPA/LSAT whores. But the applicants with the best numbers are not always the best law students and certainly do not always make the best lawyers. I'm not saying that GPA's and LSAT's are a useless measure, because they are far from useless. But grade-inflation abounds these days, so older applicants, for example, are somewhat disadvantaged, as are students from schools that are more stingy with the A's. This means that many top students will not end up at T-14, and, therefore, many students these corporate firms should be targeting are at lower-ranked schools. They would like to go BigLaw, but are simply not at the "right" schools, as you aptly pointed out.

Thus the firms are shooting themselves in the foot by missing out on talent. Many otherwise good corporate law candidates may needlessly turn away from corporate law as an option if they deem it out-of-reach during their first summers. So top talent may become disininterested because of politics, when, had they been given opportunity, they may have pursued corporate law with more vigor. 

Also, you make the point that "SEO exists to help minority students break into BigLaw". This fact bolsters my contention that SEO admissions should be looking to the lower-ranked schools as well as the so-called "elites". Lest you forget,many, if not most, of the victims of the LSAT whoring I mention above are the minority students SEO claims to be so concerned about. And many victims of the GPA whoring schools I mention above are minority students who attend predominately white colleges and universities not named Princeton or Columbia. For students of color, racism is still prevalent on white campuses and has real effects on their academic experiences. While this dynamic is not as hurtful if the students attends an elite or top school, it still hurts students of color in general. Many of these students could theoretically achieve higher grades and scores if they attended school in environments designed to nurture their excellence. But, for various reasons, not all students of color can do so.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on January 12, 2009, 11:01:49 AM
BJwriter, where's your promised debrief? :)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on January 12, 2009, 01:52:19 PM
Sorry for the late response, Meesa :). My interview was in NYC, so I'm not sure if everything would be exactly the same elsewhere. I won't give all the details (for fear that SEO is surfing these threads and looks out for these types of things), but the interview was much like what was discussed in earlier posts. Basically, be sure to know your resume down pat, as well as why you want to do SEO/go to law school (this is where at least 75% of the questions came from). Also, the questions were asked by a panel of three interviewers. The case didn't seem that bad (it had something to do with defamation), but be sure to read over everything first before you provide your summary!. Though they claim that interviews are 30 minutes, mine was just around 20 or so.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on January 12, 2009, 02:24:26 PM
^ much thanks.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on January 14, 2009, 09:15:21 PM
Does anyone know in general when SEO begins and ends (the more specific, the better)?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on January 14, 2009, 11:22:12 PM
i thought on the application there was a section where we could say whether we had a conflict with the start and end dates... which i think were May 18th to mid/late-July...
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on January 15, 2009, 12:36:00 AM
I think it would have to be later than May, right? I mean, there's a 2 week classroom portion of SEO Corporate Law plus most (if not all) participants would be graduating (usually mid to late May). I think the mid-May qualification is probably more for the investment banking/asset management programs.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on January 16, 2009, 01:49:17 PM
I called SEO and found out that, generally, the program runs from the first week of June to early August.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: rush the rushdie on January 19, 2009, 02:08:35 PM
sorry to be asking a noob question, but i'm thinking of applying and wasn't sure what the "Round 1" and "Final" deadlines were all about.  (obviously) i missed the Round 1 deadline, so i'm shooting for the Final/Feb 2 deadline.  but is the Final/Feb 2 deadline a second deadline for applicants who made the "Round 1" deadline, or is it just a "second chance" for ppl (like me) who missed the "Round 1" deadline?  thanks
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: throwawayname1 on January 19, 2009, 02:22:07 PM
sorry to be asking a noob question, but i'm thinking of applying and wasn't sure what the "Round 1" and "Final" deadlines were all about.  (obviously) i missed the Round 1 deadline, so i'm shooting for the Final/Feb 2 deadline.  but is the Final/Feb 2 deadline a second deadline for applicants who made the "Round 1" deadline, or is it just a "second chance" for ppl (like me) who missed the "Round 1" deadline?  thanks

It's just another deadline for applications, for "people like you"  ;)

I guess they have multiple deadlines to encourage people to apply early so that they don't have to process/interview all of the applicants at once. Applying early probably doesn't give you much of an advantage since I don't think they start assembling a class of interns until after they know where many of them have matriculated.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Coqui on January 19, 2009, 04:53:57 PM
i looked everywhere on the website for any recommendation requirements but found none  :-\ ....am i right to say that they don't accept/require recommendations?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: throwawayname1 on January 19, 2009, 04:58:41 PM
I recall them asking for recommendations, and that I submitted them after the interview. My memory is getting fuzzy on that point though. Sorry!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Coqui on January 19, 2009, 07:29:46 PM
thanks throwawayname1!  anyone else recall if they had to submit recommendations after the interview?  thanks!!!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on January 19, 2009, 07:42:01 PM
I submitted mine shortly after securing an interview.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Coqui on January 19, 2009, 08:53:03 PM
thanks bj!  btw congrats on the big H...i guess my slip up on lsn was indictive  ;)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on January 24, 2009, 10:34:24 PM
hi all,
i had my interview up in the bay area today, and would be happy to answer any questions/give whatever advice i can by PM
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on January 25, 2009, 12:06:29 AM
Here's an unrelated question: do you know if SEO tells you their decision before you send in your enrollment form (i.e. you're basically in assuming you turn in the form) or do they only reveal their decision once you decide on a school? I was just thinking it would be nice if you could get a heads up on your status before march/april if possible :)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on January 25, 2009, 01:26:46 AM
As far as I know, they will not give you notification of a decision until you've given them proof of enrollment/deposit at the school you choose. I've heard that around April they do send out an e-mail asking pending applicants whether they've decided yet, but until they know where you're going, it's up in the air.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on January 25, 2009, 01:30:47 AM
Okay, makes sense. Conversely, say if you respond to them sooner rather than later, does that often mean that your decision will come sooner or will they still wait until April to accept people?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on January 25, 2009, 02:20:09 PM
if you respond with a definite choice/proof of enrollment earlier, i believe you will hear earlier. I think early on in this thread there was one applicant who decided on a school in early february and heard back with an acceptance from SEO in february as well.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: gnahzmap on February 03, 2009, 02:35:26 PM
Is anyone interviewing this week?

Also for those of you who have interviewed...anyone hear anything?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Kohinoor on February 03, 2009, 05:48:59 PM
Is anyone interviewing this week?

Also for those of you who have interviewed...anyone hear anything?

Nobody hears back until the applicant sends in a class seat confirmation. Very few people are in a position to do that now.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on February 04, 2009, 06:09:45 PM
i'm in!
phone call this afternoon from my interviewer. i'm supposed to get an e-mail later this week with more details.

good luck all!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on February 04, 2009, 08:05:42 PM
Meesa,

I'm guessing you already turned in your enrollment form then? (Please say no...) :)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on February 05, 2009, 10:14:52 AM
Meesa,

I'm guessing you already turned in your enrollment form then? (Please say no...) :)

most certainly did. sorry :P
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: SSI on February 05, 2009, 12:01:54 PM
Hi Meesa,

From your LSN profile it looks like you're deferring 1L until next year. Is SEO going to let you intern this summer anyway? They don't seem to have a clear policy on deferrals, though they're pretty specific that applicants have to be enrolling in the fall. (I'm thinking about deferring also!)

Thanks!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on February 05, 2009, 02:03:15 PM
i deferred LAST year. as in i was accepted at hls to start in fall 08, but i deferred to start this fall, fall 09. you do have to be enrolling this fall in order to be eligible for seo.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on February 05, 2009, 03:25:39 PM
Did anyone catch that SEO webinar yesterday? I showed up for the second session and it looked like I was the only one there. Then I tried to pose a question for the host and the webinar shut down.  ???

Also, they did not tell people that the password was case sensitive, so it took a minute to log in. What a joke. ::)

Was anyone there? Did they publish a transcript?  :-\ :-[
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: rolen27 on February 08, 2009, 12:59:48 PM
Has anyone interviewed in Chicago? where was the interview? What did you do for transportation?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AceKlub on February 08, 2009, 06:22:46 PM
yep, interviewed in chicago this past weekend. interview is at the prudential building, google it and details should come up. anyone with questions, feel free to contact me. but basically it consisted of basic interview questions and a case question. i tend to agree with others on this board who say admission is heavily dependent upon T14 acceptance based on the way my interviewer emphasized the schools to which i have been accepted.

congrats Meesa!!
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on February 22, 2009, 12:58:39 PM
Hey I just got latter notifying me that I was waitlisted :( I have a few questions though:

1) Does anyone know what percentage of applicants are taken from off the waitlist?
2) The letter at one point makes reference to people who haven't yet scheduled an interview. It would seem weird to waitlist people who are granted interviews even before they've had them. Therefore, should I consider this truly as a waitlist or some other kind of notification?
3) The letter says that a further decision will be made by the final round notification, March 22. However, I am planning to visit one of my prospective schools on the 25th. Does that mean I'd have to turn my enrollment form by the 22nd?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on February 23, 2009, 06:35:30 PM
Hmm I don't know any more about SEO than I've read on this forum and top-law-schools. In previous years there was never any mention of a "waitlist." My guess is that this is something they're doing this year because in years previous applicants felt like there applicants went dead until they sent in enrollment notifications. Perhaps they feel that by "waitlisting" applicants can feel more up-to-date with the process rather than just dangling somewhere in between "interview" and "decision."

I would just think of this as "we are waiting on you until you send in enrollment notification." Also, if you've narrowed down your school choices, I would fax/e-mail them letting them know that you are down to school A or school B and will let them know a final decision w/enrollment notification by ____ date. As for the "final round notification," perhaps call them and ask.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on February 24, 2009, 04:36:21 PM
I called SEO and they told me that they would render a decision on the March 22nd (although it could come later or earlier). I'm between HLS and CLS currently, and I'm leaning towards HLS. However, I won't get a chance to visit HLS until mid-March (and CLS until after the decision date). I'd like to see both schools (for practical and personal relations) before I commit. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: AceKlub on February 24, 2009, 06:09:26 PM
It sounds to me like SEO is simply trying to shift things into gear. It seems funny that they said a decision will be rendered on March 22, though it could come before or after. That, to me, reeks of negotiation tactics. I don't know why they would introduce such an arbitrary date for any other reason than to receive instant committments and thereby appease their corporate sponsors. I would imagine that the reason for the premature negotiation tactics is the recession and the effect it is having on law firms trying to cut costs. I imagine SEO would be able to leverage its bargaining power by assuring its partner firms that so many interns are lined up from top tier schools. However, I think it is important to note that this effort will without a doubt be undermined due to the fact that between 75-90% of all competitive candidates will most likely not make a decision until they receive financial aid info (which of course will not be until some time in april).
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on February 24, 2009, 11:51:52 PM
I called SEO and they told me that they would render a decision on the March 22nd (although it could come later or earlier). I'm between HLS and CLS currently, and I'm leaning towards HLS. However, I won't get a chance to visit HLS until mid-March (and CLS until after the decision date). I'd like to see both schools (for practical and personal relations) before I commit. Any thoughts?

Commit to both and withdraw one before the summer. That will give you more time to visit. It's worth the money.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on February 25, 2009, 10:27:30 AM
Can you actually do that, though? I think I may submit my materials after I visit HLS on March 16th. Do you think that would be too late?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on February 25, 2009, 12:51:09 PM
Hey, I just received another e-mail saying that SEO has reserved making a decision on your application pending your law school acceptance. They claim that they will make a decision within two to three weeks after I submit the enrollment form. Should I take this as a good sign or something else?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on February 25, 2009, 07:12:52 PM
Hey, I just received another e-mail saying that SEO has reserved making a decision on your application pending your law school acceptance. They claim that they will make a decision within two to three weeks after I submit the enrollment form. Should I take this as a good sign or something else?

Good sign! They are interested in you as an applicant, but they want to ensure that you are going to a top school before they commit. If they were not interested in you at all, they would just reject you.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on March 05, 2009, 12:37:47 AM
$1,500/wk
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on March 05, 2009, 08:04:32 AM
Is that how much you're receiving for SEO?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on March 05, 2009, 10:11:45 PM
Is that how much you're receiving for SEO?

I don't know, I haven't even interviewed yet. But read back through the thread...some people who claim to be in the know said $1,500 is the rate. I had a friend who went through it in 2006. I thought it was $3,000/wk just like 1L summers, but I guess not. When I talk to her, I will put it down in this thread.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on March 06, 2009, 11:25:42 AM
... the "rate" is determined by the firm you get placed with. hence the range they mention on their brochure.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on March 06, 2009, 02:38:24 PM
hey, i heard back a week and a half later by phone.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Who? on March 07, 2009, 03:11:33 PM
Newbie here.

Had my interview last week and thought it went ok (not great but whatever).
I have a question, though. Who are you guys getting recs from? I was thinking maybe my boss but maybe a prof...
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: MissMaroon on March 09, 2009, 08:19:35 AM
Hey I just got latter notifying me that I was waitlisted :( I have a few questions though:

1) Does anyone know what percentage of applicants are taken from off the waitlist?
2) The letter at one point makes reference to people who haven't yet scheduled an interview. It would seem weird to waitlist people who are granted interviews even before they've had them. Therefore, should I consider this truly as a waitlist or some other kind of notification?
3) The letter says that a further decision will be made by the final round notification, March 22. However, I am planning to visit one of my prospective schools on the 25th. Does that mean I'd have to turn my enrollment form by the 22nd?

I got the same response from SEO. My question is how can a "further decision" be made by March 22nd if they haven't even asked me to interview yet?? I know you basically can't get this internship without an interview, so are they seriously waiting to see which law schools I get into? If so, March 22nd does not give me nearly enough time to hear from them all. This is so frustrating.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: LawDog3 on March 09, 2009, 04:33:19 PM
I have a feeling they know what's happening. Unfortunately, SEO may just decide to go on instinct and make their own predictions based on numbers. And they have interviewed quite a few candidates already. They could wait a little longer, but not by much. They are going to have to make some decisions b/c the firms will want to start putting their rosters together before the summer.

The situation favors applicants who applied early and, thus, have already been admitted to top schools. That's not to say all is lost or that others have no chance, just that it doesn't really look too good.

Find every Wall Street punk you can get your hands on and hit them in the mouth! lol. They caused all of this.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on March 20, 2009, 04:34:05 PM
just an FYI for anyone curious about start dates, the orientation wkend for this yr is the wkend of june 6th, and interns aren't required to be in NYC before then.

DC interns only need to be up in NY for the orientation wkend and for the corporate law institute in late june.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on March 20, 2009, 05:41:27 PM
Hey meesa,

Do you know what firm and/or practice area you'll be placed in? (If so, feel free to PM me.)
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: meesawoosa on March 20, 2009, 06:29:29 PM
Hey there. No, I don't know my firm placement yet --- I believe we don't find out placements until late April/early May, most likely.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: jubileeez on March 23, 2009, 02:24:38 AM
I got the invite to apply and I'm interested...but I'm really not trying to work the summer before ls.  In fact, I'm going to JA for two weeks, South Carolina for a lil bit, and REALLY trying to go to Greece.  Not trying to work, despite the perks of SEO.

Do it, do it, do it!  I would totally do SEO if I was a US citizen.  If necessary, quit your job earlier and travel before SEO starts.  The advantages are huge.  I had a friend who did SEO for two summers and had a job offer before senior year even started.  When most people were struggling to find jobs, he had multiple offers to choose from.  In addition, the connections are invaluable.

being a US citizen is not necessary for the program. they have spots for international students...im not a US citizen and i've applied.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: queenofsheba1 on March 30, 2009, 12:55:21 PM
Hey I just got latter notifying me that I was waitlisted :( I have a few questions though:

1) Does anyone know what percentage of applicants are taken from off the waitlist?
2) The letter at one point makes reference to people who haven't yet scheduled an interview. It would seem weird to waitlist people who are granted interviews even before they've had them. Therefore, should I consider this truly as a waitlist or some other kind of notification?
3) The letter says that a further decision will be made by the final round notification, March 22. However, I am planning to visit one of my prospective schools on the 25th. Does that mean I'd have to turn my enrollment form by the 22nd?

I got the same response from SEO. My question is how can a "further decision" be made by March 22nd if they haven't even asked me to interview yet?? I know you basically can't get this internship without an interview, so are they seriously waiting to see which law schools I get into? If so, March 22nd does not give me nearly enough time to hear from them all. This is so frustrating.



I am an SEO CL alum, my mentee urged me to answer some of the questions on here. The program has rolling admissions. So if they need further students they will consider you. I wouldn't work myself up about it, I mean you should be pursuing other opportunities as well so it shouldn't stress you out like that.

I did the program pre-CLI and I really wish I had the opportunity to have the CLI as part of my summer (and get paid for it??) However, my current firm has started to review these blogs for students who have applied to our summer positions. I hope you are all using careful judgement in your posts.

Hope that helps...

Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on March 30, 2009, 07:45:10 PM
I just sent in my admission letter and enrollment form today! Anybody knows how long it usually takes to get a response?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: BJWriter26 on March 31, 2009, 04:27:51 PM
I'm in! I can't wait for NYC this summer! Now, on to housing...
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: mchllhcm on April 12, 2009, 03:23:08 PM
I'm in! I can't wait for NYC this summer! Now, on to housing...

That was a QUICK turnaround! I faxed and emailed my enrollment on Friday. I'm guessing I should hear back on Monday or within the week.

What is everyone doing for housing?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: yodyha731 on May 25, 2010, 10:27:51 PM
I'm fit it in practice seo Thank you very much.
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Jwebony956 on March 15, 2011, 08:53:10 AM
Anyone know if there is an age/recent graduate limit for applying???

I graduated from undergrad in 2006 with 3+ years of work experience in BIGLAW, more specifically in corporate/transactional work (M&A/project finance etc). Am I too far removed to be considered for the program?
Title: Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
Post by: Starlett on May 17, 2011, 02:32:05 PM
I did SEO - and there is no age/recent graduate limit to applying.  The only requirement is that you will be attending law school the following year.  You will not be selected until you have received an acceptance letter from a law school, and you have reported which school you will attend.  I loved the program - I highly recommend it!

Star
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