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Where have you decided to go?

Chapman :)

Good luck!!! Keep us posted.

Yeah, I'm on the waitlist at Southwestern and it's really frustrating, cause if I don't get in there, I have to go to Michigan, which is a good school, but I'm from LA and I went to USC, which is down the street from Southwestern, so I'm completely familiar with the area.
The waiting only gets worse by the day >:(

I sent them my withdrawal not too long ago, so good luck!

Job Search / Re: Summer abroad or work/externship?
« on: June 29, 2009, 11:45:45 AM »
Ask yourself this simple question... when going for that interview against many other similarly situated candidates, what's going to make you more interesting to the interviewer... that you actually attained some practial experience doing legal work or that you took a few classes while enjoying a european vacation?
While that sounds a little harsh, just remember how rough the job market is right now. Any plus you can get over other candidates is something that will make you more interesting to the firm, so what gives you that plus? I'd say it's the 'real legal experience' as opposed to the 'academic opportunity'.
Of course, in theory the reason people go to school is to obtain an education, so if your first focus is on being a well-developed student, then go with the study abroad.
Good luck,

Thanks for the very helpful insight. The program abroad is actually far from a European vacation (third world Southeast Asian countries), but I see your point nonetheless. Thanks for the perspective!

Job Search / Re: US Attorney's Office
« on: June 29, 2009, 11:21:58 AM »
Re: your negative, don't be afraid to ASK for feedback.  I've seen so many people, myself included, afraid or hesitant to ask their supervisors for feedback for a variety  of reasons, when in most cases, supervisors are happy to take a few minutes to give some kind of feedback if they're reminded to do it.

What are those reasons exactly? I've always been someone who asked for feedback, so is it really that intimidating in that kind of setting?

Job Search / Re: Summer abroad or work/externship?
« on: June 19, 2009, 09:30:40 PM »
Thanks for the input!

My other concern is not being able to obtain a work/externship opportunity that starts so late. Seems like regular 1L job prospects are hard enough as it is... any thoughts?

Transferring / Re: Application info?
« on: June 17, 2009, 02:32:55 PM »
I'm not sure which schools in particular, just trying to get an overview of when they come out in general. T30 for sure though.

Job Search / Re: Interesting analogy, re: summer jobs
« on: June 17, 2009, 09:24:33 AM »
Even large firms in relatively large markets often care a good deal.

A good number of my interviews practically grilled me on why I wanted to come to their city. One firm (which shall remain nameless) practically gave me the hot lights and truth-serum treatment even though I had perfectly good and honest ties to the region.

oooh, care to give examples of what they said?

Job Search / Summer abroad or work/externship?
« on: June 17, 2009, 09:03:46 AM »
If my goal is BigLaw and/or a judicial clerkship, is it a bad idea to do a summer abroad program as opposed to pursuing an externship or a work opportunity? I do plan on working during my 2L summer, but I'd really like to spend my 1L summer abroad for an academic program. I know summers are really important for work experience, so would I be screwing myself over? I've been getting mixed responses about this... what do you guys think?

Transferring / Application info?
« on: June 17, 2009, 08:17:51 AM »
Generally, when do Fall transfer applications come out? When are all the information usually posted on the schools' websites? Thanks!

(Sorry if this has been asked before! I'm having difficulties with the search feature :))

Is anyone out there in the same situation this cycle?

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