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2L job search / What is going on?
« on: August 21, 2009, 11:14:30 AM »
I am in the top 5% at one of the top schools in the D.C. metro area, and I have been unable to land an interview at any firm (I've applied to over 40). I am on law review, have decent participation in activities and bring with me over 2 years of legislative and legal experience. I have looked over my resume, cover letter, etc. and there aren't any noticeable errors. This summer, instead of doing an internship, I studied abroad. I think that's probably a lot of the reason why I am not getting any interviews. Does any one have any input or recommendations on how to deal with this situation? I guess I just thought being in the top 5%, things would be different.

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Where should I go next fall? / Florida vs. American P/T
« on: May 29, 2008, 02:23:55 PM »

I have no clue what to do. I want to study international law, but I really don't like the idea of going as a part-time student, if even only for one semester. Florida was my top choice going into this whole thing, but my SO is going to school in DC...

Help?

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Where should I go next fall? / American PT vs Denver $$$ vs Pitt
« on: April 24, 2008, 05:40:16 PM »
I have 24 hours to make my decision.

Denver with 20k a year, Pitt with no money, or American part-time evening program with a chance to transfer into day after one semester.

I want to study International Corporate Law or working for the US government some day.

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Law School Applications / T2 Question
« on: April 11, 2008, 04:29:37 PM »
I know the rule about T2 and how finishing higher in your class opens more doors, so there is no need to repeat that to me. With that being said, what areas of law are most closed off to students graduating from T2 schools? What fields would it be the hardest to get ahead in? What areas of practice are generally the most friendly to us T2-ers?

I want to focus on International Law, but realizing that I will be attending a T2 school, I shudder to think that my only reasonable opportunities for success will be in fields such as Wills, Trusts, Estates and Probate...

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Where should I go next fall? / Pitt vs. Denver ($$)
« on: April 09, 2008, 03:24:21 PM »
Pitt with the chance of no money <apparently scholarships come after your acceptance, so we will see> vs. Denver with a guaranteed 20k a year <just have to maintain a 3.0>

I live in DC, went to school in PA. Family lives in DC, S.O. might either go to Case or Catholic or Denver if I really push her. She is on WL at Pitt.

I don't mind living in Denver for the rest of my life. I am ambivalent about living in Western PA for an extended period of time, though my family hails from that region.

I am hoping to land FBI, State, or some other local, state, or federal position after school <obviously should have applied to schools in DC, but was an idiot and for some reason wanted "a new experience">.

I don't really care too much about BigLaw <thus, I am cool with T2 schools>.

I am very concerned with my quality of living.

I am considering International Law dual degree programs <M.A. in Int'l Rel> almost exclusively. Though, that is subject to change 7 more times before I have to commit to anything.

I'm hoping someone here will make the decision for me so I can blame you if it all goes awry.

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Affirmative Action / Why is race still an issue?
« on: April 03, 2008, 12:58:01 PM »
Why are law schools still concerned with race? I would think a socio-economic scale would be more appropriate for creating a diverse class <obviously my argument hinges on a broad definition of diverse> than race would. I am aware that there may be a correlation between race and socio-economic status, and therefore, the difference between the two systems is small. But, does anyone feel that it may be a necessary distinction?

I don't know how to feel about a URM from the Northeast who went to private school his/her entire life being afforded privileges than a non-URM from the Midwest/South who had to raise his/her own siblings because their father skipped town and their mother was working 3 jobs to support the family. Obviously extreme examples, but the point stands, and the question remains: should we be more concerned with socio-economic status than race at this point?

I am not too well versed in either of the arguments and I am not taking a position, I am just curious what each side believes.

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Law School Applications / Pitt, what are you doing?
« on: March 26, 2008, 01:43:18 PM »
Does anyone know what the deal with the University of Pittsburgh is? I have a 160 and a 3.53 from a top-flight liberal arts school in, you guessed it, Pennsylvania! I sent my application in 12/31/07 and have yet to hear back from them. The problem is, according to LSN, a billion people with numbers far lower than mine have gotten in, many with scholarships. The weirdest thing is that these people even submitted their applications later than I did. Anyone know what is going on here? Should I just accept the fact that they aren't letting me in and move on? Pitt is my top choice, so I am sort of bummed about about this. Is it possible one of my recommenders sandbagged me? This would be odd, as all of the schools I have been admitted to so far have given me beaucoup bucks...any thoughts are welcome <within reason>.

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