« on: September 21, 2009, 11:52:57 AM »
It sucks out there - no doubt about it.
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« on: August 20, 2009, 04:31:57 PM »
Def fire off applications to all T14 schools.
I was not suggesting you put all your eggs into one basket by applying only to these schools, but with your GPA, a good personal statement and good references it does not hurt to apply if you have the time.
« on: August 19, 2009, 04:24:42 PM »
I am an evening student at a T4 school. During college, I worked for law firms through my school's co-op program. After undergrad I worked for four years in law firms before attending law school. I worked extremely hard to develop connections. I have been with my current firm for over three years and have performed well at work and in law school. It is finally beginning to bear some fruit as I am going to be interviewed with my current firm for a summer associate position. The firm has 900+ attorneys with offices nationwide. If something does not work out here, I have people that can recommend me elsewhere. I say this not to sound arrogant but to prove that it is not impossible for us T4 students to have opportunities. We just have to work longer and harder for them.
I am heading into my third year as an evening student. To echo the previous post; it is very challenging. I have been taking four classes a semester, three nights a week, beginning at 6 and usually ending around 9:30. Save vacation days from work and use them once in a while for mental health/study days. Use the rest for finals studying. I have not taken any time off for recreation since February of 2007. Figured I would start with the bad stuff first
The good news is that evening students, at least ones at my school, are very mature and are friendly with one another. There is more of a sense of camaraderie than competitiveness. Another bonus is not having to take out cost of living loans - I am only borrowing tuition.
Overall it is very difficult, but not impossible. You will learn something about yourself along the way.
Thanks for all of the responses. I have decided to remain where I am. I have recently been invited to become an associate member on law review. I believe that a strong academic performance, law review, my legal experience, and my connections will help me attain a decent position upon graduation. After pondering all of these elements, I could not justify a switch from NESL to Suffolk. My firm for the moment is at least entertaining a possible summer associate position for me.
Best of luck to all students and recent grads out there!