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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Berkeley vs. Michigan vs. Virginia
« on: August 11, 2009, 12:42:17 PM »
I don't think there aren't some jobs out there like what you are describing, I just think there a lot less than most 0Ls would imagine. For govt jobs specifically, look at the Arizona honors handbook. It will show you that many govt agencies do not hire fresh grads, and the ones who do don't hire as much as you think.

I'm not sure how you would know how much I think government agencies hire fresh law school graduates, but I am by no means blind to the fact that there are many, many fewer jobs available in the DOJ or State Department than in firms, especially right out of law school or grad school. Wherever I end up, I plan on meeting with career services and academic advisors as soon as possible to craft a set of classes (perhaps a JD/MA in international affairs or area studies) which will make me most marketable for such careers.

Look at the schools' LRAP program terms carefully if you want to take advantage of LRAP post-grad. Some schools' LRAPs may not cover you depending on the specifics of your job function.

Yeah, I've read up on Michigan's and Berkeley's, and both include government offices amongst LRAP-eligible positions.

Also, bump. Any thoughts from anyone on the stats I posted on the last page? I calculated them for 2008 and 2007 cycles as well, and with a few exceptions they turned out more or less the same, percentage-wise.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Berkeley vs. Michigan vs. Virginia
« on: August 09, 2009, 12:52:37 PM »
There is a difference between 'international law' and 'global law.' My interest is in the latter. My plan is not to 'work internationally.'

If you don't think there are jobs in the international affairs market (whether with governmental organizations, NGOs or thinktanks), then consider how many people of the baby boomer generation are currently filling those positions and will be retiring in the next ten years or so. There's a giant thread on TLS pretty much debunking everything in that Ivey article but I can't be bothered to find it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Berkeley vs. Michigan vs. Virginia
« on: August 09, 2009, 12:10:50 PM »
That Anna Ivey article is bulllshit, just so you know. Don't believe the Anna Ivey hype.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Berkeley vs. Michigan vs. Virginia
« on: August 08, 2009, 10:10:57 PM »
From last year's statistics, 6/10 with a 3.5+ and a 166 who were admitted were non-residents. Only one specifically stated that they were a Virginia resident. The remaining three did not specify a state or undergraduate institution. Not to say your point isn't valid, though.

Would you care to elaborate on the new admissions strategy, though? That's something of which I have yet to hear.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Berkeley vs. Michigan vs. Virginia
« on: August 08, 2009, 12:41:55 PM »
Don't apply anywhere ED. Your numbers give you a strong shot at all three of those schools, AND you have the type of numbers that will frequently get pulled off a waitlist at the last minute (4.0 GPA and solid LSAT) once schools see that they have enough high LSATs and want to bolster their GPA stats.

You think? I mean, looking at LSN stats from this past cycle, I got this data for the schools to which I am applying:

(School Name | # of Accepted 166s/# of accepted 166 3.5+ | Acceptance Rate (all GPAs) | Acceptance Rate with 3.5+ GPA)
Harvard | 1 | 5% | 6%
UPenn | 2 | 9.5% | 10.5%
UCBerk | 5/4 | 15% | 15%
GTULC | 8/7 | 14% | 16%
NYU LS | 3/3 | 15% | 19%
UofM LS | 7/6 | 20% | 20% (important to note that four of the accepted were URMs, one was non-trad)
UofV LS | 10 | 22% | 30%
CornellLS| 7 | 29% | 37%

From that I garner that I have a great shot at Cornell, decent shot at UVA, less of a shot at UM, very small shots at GULC and Berkeley, and an insignificant shot at the other schools (either because of a low acceptance percentage or too few acceptances period to yield any worthwhile data). I like my chances at Cornell and UVA, but don't know if I'm comfortable with Michigan.

Apply to Georgetown, Duke, and UCLA also.

Yeah, I'm applying to Georgetown as well. GT seems to be a pretty strict numbers game, though, with a lot of focus on LSAT, so I don't really know my chances there. I'm not applying to Duke, as their international law programme isn't particularly notable, and I got a fee waiver to UCLA so I will apply there but definitely not attend.

Wouldn't bank on getting into V with those stats this year.  New dean, new admissions strategy, and a ton more applicants.

I haven't heard anything about this. Care to elaborate a bit? Either way, the only reason I would take Virginia over UM or Berkeley is the number of graduates it places into federal government positions. However, I feel like at Berkeley and UM, the lack of graduates going into federal positions is more the result of self-selection (PI/clerkships for the former; firm work for the latter).

Choosing the Right Law School / Berkeley vs. Michigan vs. Virginia
« on: August 08, 2009, 12:37:13 AM »
166/4.00/'risky' PS/plenty of softs/socioeconomic adversity/Why X? for all schools to which I am applying.

I hope to work for the State Department or DOJ once I'm out of law school. To that end, I plan to focus on international law (boo, hiss, etc). However, the best international law programmes in the country (NYU, Columbia, etc) are out of my range, though I'm still applying to NYU. My numbers put me on the border at Berkely, UM and UVA. I feel like if my cycle goes well, I could get into all three; if it goes bad, I could be shafted at all three.

The current dilemma I'm facing is whether to apply ED at Michigan or not. I won't apply ED at UVA (I calculated my chances of getting in and they're significantly higher than both Berkeley and UM), and Berkeley doesn't have ED. I feel like I would be pretty happy at UM, but I really hate not having options from which to choose. I'm a Michigan resident, so I would also have that going for me, and I feel like if I apply ED, I will get in...but I'm not sure if that's what I want.

So, what say you, LSD?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you wearing right now?
« on: July 10, 2009, 12:04:03 AM »
friendship bracelet

I wear one of these everyday. LACKIN' TASTE.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you wearing right now?
« on: July 03, 2009, 12:48:24 PM »
Beautiful day today; too bad I'll spend it driving home for the weekend.

Burberry Brit cologne
Slate and white wide-striped crew neck tee (olde school prison style)
Dark grey Chrome cycling bag
British Khaki shorts
Black flip-flops

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Today's random lyrics
« on: July 01, 2009, 10:02:35 PM »
Blacklisted - Memory Layne

In my life there's no truth,
there's just mountains of lies.
Search for identity, but wear a disguise.
I run and I run and I run and I run and I hide.

I'm complicated, so frustrating;
I know you hate it, but I just can't fake it.

You've seen my world's at war,
when I unlock my door.
I showed you things
I hoped you'd never see.
You just said "Oh George,
you could be so much more.
You've lost your way,
it's a damn shame."

How do you criticize,
when you stand so safe inside?
How do you climb,
when you built your walls so high?
How do you fight,
when your hands are firmly tied?
How do you rise,
when all you know is the downside?
'Cause all I know is the downside.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 166, 4.0 -- Chances
« on: July 01, 2009, 12:44:15 AM »
Thanks, everyone, for the responses. It looks like I'll be applying to GWU, GULC, Cornell, UVA, UMich, Berkeley and NYU. No shot at NYU but I feel the need to apply there.

Goaliechica:  Exactly what aspect or characteristic would you recommend playing up in my essays? Also, I noticed that Berkeley's application asks for the typical LoRs, PS, etc, and then has a "socioeconomic diversity questionnaire" and encourages applicants to submit any other essays they feel will help give the admissions committee some idea of who they are. I will submit my diversity statement, but is a "Why Berkeley?" essay focusing on UCB's committment to public service and so on be something which would give a boost, or would time be better spent writing on something else?

Any other advice would be great!

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