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Thomas Jefferson / Re: TJSL Entering Student 2009
« on: May 26, 2009, 11:17:40 PM »
Both TJSL and Cal Western are Tier 4 schools. Both are fairly well established in San Diego. TJSL and Cal Western help each other out, and work very closely in Networking events.

I can't speak for Cal Western but as for TJSL, the employment stats for recently graduated students is around 80%. Some of my friends who recently graduated have experienced difficulty finding employment because many firms are not hiring at the moment. This all has to do with the economy. I don't want to say that one school is better then the other because this is not so. The law community in San Diego tends to stick together. For example a counselor at Career Services at USD offered to assist me in any help that I needed to find an internship this summer, so as you can see we  really try to help each other.

In Feb or March TJSL had a career fair with a long list of potential employers, it varied from the district attorney's office to small firms of 2-3 lawyers. The school tries to connect students with future employers as much as possible. We constantly have mixers with judges and attorneys which provides a wonderful opportunity to network. Many TJSL grads have created their own firms and tend to hire grads from the school.

I know a few people at Cal Western who are very happy with the school and the direction their careers are going. It all really comes down to what school is the best fit for you and what you do while your at school.

I apologize if this does not answer your question, but I would recommend asking a Cal Western student their Opinion about the school and job placement for their grads.

Thomas Jefferson / Re: TJSL Entering Student 2009
« on: May 24, 2009, 05:24:15 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I just completed my first year at TJSL. I just wanted to let people know about the school.
Yes, the campus is small, but don't judge a book by its cover. When I went to admitted students day I was really turned off by the structure of the campus, but I got over it.
Parking can be a bit of a hassle but what you need to do is figure out when the other sections are done with class so that you can find a space.
The majority of the professors are very helpful. If you email them they will usually respond in 24 hours. The professors will not try to humiliate you if you don't answer them correctly, on the contrary they try to guide you in the right direction.
The work load consists of about 2 cases per class, unless its torts which can be up to 5 cases. The usual amount of reading is approximately 50 pages per class a week. For a full time student the load is 16-17 units.

They divide the incoming class into 3 sections, and each section has approximately 60 students. We do have some students who are extremely competitive but what lawschool doesn't have these individuals. There will always be people in the class who think they know it all, but just try to ignore them. Even better give them a nick name!!!

Admin is very helpful, and they try to get to know all the students, your just not another number.
The school is small so you will get to know the majority of the students.

The sections tend to stick with each other, it's not that we don't want to socialize with the other sections it's just
that you get used to your group.
Yes, Law School is like High School. The reason why this happens is because the only thing your life consists of is Law School so we become like children. It's not too bad, just stay away from those individuals who try to stir up trouble. It gets a little sticky when people start dating each other in the sections.
Yes, have fun, go to bar review, make friends but avoid becoming part of the drama and remember that your in school to better your future.

I hope this helps. If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask.

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