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Job Search / Re: do employers ever call applicants to reject them?
« on: April 16, 2010, 10:17:13 PM »
I actually got one a month ago from a govt. agency.  She told me how impressed they were with me...

Oh...By the way...I really think this statement made by you is very comical..

"I got in with a 3.4/159...Here are some of the other factors:  I had my application in by October, visited the school twice, had great recommendations, speak 3 languages, had a kick-ass personal statement and have had dinner a few times with the woman who is chairing the SMU Law School steering committee.  It also helps that I have a body like Adonis and a movie star smile"
PS: You forgot to mention to the woman who is chairing that steering committee what brand of eye brow tweezers you use...

Sorry, I don't get it.  Were you trying to take a jab at me for putting my input in about your personal statement?  It looks like someone seconded my interpretation of your "cliche" PS. 

I suggest you read Ann Ivey's book on getting into law school...that will give you great info about a personal statement.

With regards to your actual PS, I would omit that pithy quote at the beginning.  Also, I get no sense as to who you are...only that your family has a long lineage of patriotism in this country and that you are as passionate about "democracy" and other noble attributes.  To be honest, this whole PS seems cliche and trite.  You would be better off talking about a particular experience in greater detail and leave to the reader's imagination what you gleaned from it.  I wrote mine about spending a year in Siberia and the comfort I gained from reading a book about a cloistered nun who seemed to have an analagous situation to my own.  Something like that is unique...what you have written is not at all. 

I am not trying to be overly critical of your just need to be more original because that is the only thing that will make your PS memorable and thus, actually help you in the process (Personal statements generally are not going to make or break your application by the way). 

I did not attend either of these schools although I did apply to Cardozo and was accepted.  Based on my research of Cardozo, it is a great school.  Although, if you are not at the top of your class, you might have difficulty finding the job you want in NYC.  It will not be as easy as you think to be top of your class...many people enter law school with that misconception.  Cardozo actually has a number of its students that come from top undergraduate schools and so despite its rank, the caliber of its students is comparable to a much higher ranked school.  I have not heard about the high turnover of its faculty although I have heard that it is basically a faculty feeder school for the top law schools (i.e., a young professor will prove him/herself at Cardozo before being offered a tenured position at a more prestigious school).  This is not a bad thing as many of these young professors will be more approachable and likely be researching the more "sexy" law topics. 

I think your decision should really come down to where you want to be...A UC Hastings degree will not help you outside of California and a Cardozo degree will not help outside of NYC/Philly/Boston.  Hope this helps. 

Black Law Students / Re: Criminal record and Law School application?
« on: January 09, 2010, 03:05:39 PM »
Disclose. Disclose. Disclose. 

Check with your university to make sure there was never a disciplinary file created for you as well...the state bar will likely check that as well. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Jobs for 0L?
« on: January 09, 2010, 03:03:18 PM »
Probably not but check craigslist...Also, the career services office at your law school will not help you. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SMU 1L Taking Questions
« on: January 09, 2010, 02:34:04 PM »


You got two problems here:

1) They got jobs in Southern California not because of a SMU degree, but because they are "bratty rich kids from the OC."

2) Many, if not most or virtually all people tend to stay and practice in one state, at least for the first 10 years of their career.  After 10 years, where your degree came from is becoming less and less important.

Wrong.  I am not referring to SMU Law students as being the bratty rich kids from the OC.  In fact, most SMU Law students are as poor as any other...yet they still get jobs around the country.  With respect to your second point, SMU Law students are getting jobs in other parts of the nation immediately following law school.  Where they are in 10 years has no relevance IMO to what I was talking about. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SMU 1L Taking Questions
« on: January 07, 2010, 08:36:04 PM »
Houston is the largest legal market in Texas by far.  SMU is definitely more expensive and will not open as many doors as UT, but it is still an excellent option.  Furthermore, if you do decide to be mobile after graduation a SMU degree is much more portable than one from U of Houston.  SMU is known around the country and many of the graduates do get jobs in southern California (Orange County, San Diego primarily) and in the Midwest (Ohio, Indiana).  This is likely due to the fact that SMU undergrads are mostly bratty rich kids from the OC and midwest that have more money than brains.   

Current Law Students / How competitive is a judicial internship?
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:03:48 PM »
It seems like a lot of people I know at my school are working for judges during the school year.  How competitive is it to get these?  I'm middle of my class at a school ranked 40s to 50s. 

Current Law Students / Re: grades and 1L summer prospects
« on: January 27, 2009, 10:17:48 PM »
If you are coming from a T10 school, consider where you are applying for these positions.  If they are in the standard NY, Boston, LA or the like, your bottom grades in this economy might not get you in to the kind of job you would prefer.  Consider going to other areas where there is a lesser supply of T10 candidates.   

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