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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? / Re: Florida vs. American P/T
« on: June 02, 2008, 09:43:59 AM »
Thank you both for your advice.

I stuck with AU. As long as I am in good academic standing after my first semester at AU I can transfer into F/T the second semester. I figured the relationship with the SO is worth it.

I look forward to studying abroad in the summer to make up the lost credit from the first semester. Will starting as P/T, even for only one semester, really impact my career prospects as much as some on these boards say?

I may always regret this, considering I always wanted to go to Florida, but I guess we will see how things play out.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Florida vs. American P/T
« on: May 29, 2008, 10:27:46 PM »
I'm actually from D.C. and would live at home during school at AU to save money. I've been with the SO for almost 6 years. I don't necessarily want BigLaw. I'd rather work for the FBI or some other gov't agency.

Miami is my favorite city in the world, if that makes any difference.

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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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Law School Applications / Re: University of Denver
« on: April 29, 2008, 12:13:37 PM »
I visited DU a couple weeks ago. I really like the school and absolutely loved the city. However, I'm having a hard time deciding between American University and DU.

AU is one of the most expensive schools in the country. I can allay some of those costs by living at home, but that would suck, and I'd still come out with well over 110k in debt. However, AU is known for its International Law program, which is what I want to study.

DU offered me a great scholarship and I really feel like I could be more competitive there. There are ample opportunities in the city and I loved the laid back vibe of life out by the mountains. I was told that the class size would be reduced to around 200 students from the upper 300's, but I wasn't offered any sort of guarantee on that. I feel like this would almost be a deal breaker. I'd like to go to a school with a smaller class size and a better faculty/student ratio. Can anyone confirm that this is actually happening or is admissions using this as a tool to lure people in?


The dean sent out an email a few weeks ago about ranking and mentioned that the class was going to be smaller, I canít remember if he said it was for this coming year or next, but if thatís what you were told maybe its for this years incoming class. Even then 300 would be for the day AND evening divisions, not just for the day. Our evening divisions was like 92 students. Plus your divided into like 60-70 person class sections out of the 200 day students (all night students are in one section).

I would NOT put much stock into thinking you would be more competitive at DU than AU, if you think that based on LSAT score. First and foremost its been my experience in real life there is not a very good correlation between LSAT and actual performance, not enough to give any credence to think you would do better at one school than another. Second it seems, again from personal experience, the more one prepped for the LSAT the lower the actual correlation is. Finally, it would be unwise to think that everyone who comes to DU came there as the highest ranked school they could get into. The vast majority of my classmates only applied to CO schools, even if their numbers where high enough to get them into better schools, because they did not want to leave the state.

In the end my advice would be go to the school and you think you will enjoy the most. DU has a good international program, but it does not likely make up for being in D.C. for the types of internships you could get. But you may change your focus anyway once you get in law school. So go to the school you think you will enjoy most for 3 years and is where you want to live after school. Good luck with your decision.


I didn't mean I'd be more competitive because DU isn't a good school. I meant more competitive for reviews and journals 1) because the class size would be significantly smaller and 2) I would be more competitive in the job market in Denver with a DU degree (arguably the 2nd best school in region, depending on who you ask) than I would be in the DC market with an AU degree (arguably 4th best school in region, depending on who you ask).

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Law School Applications / Re: University of Denver
« on: April 28, 2008, 04:01:32 PM »
I visited DU a couple weeks ago. I really like the school and absolutely loved the city. However, I'm having a hard time deciding between American University and DU.

AU is one of the most expensive schools in the country. I can allay some of those costs by living at home, but that would suck, and I'd still come out with well over 110k in debt. However, AU is known for its International Law program, which is what I want to study.

DU offered me a great scholarship and I really feel like I could be more competitive there. There are ample opportunities in the city and I loved the laid back vibe of life out by the mountains. I was told that the class size would be reduced to around 200 students from the upper 300's, but I wasn't offered any sort of guarantee on that. I feel like this would almost be a deal breaker. I'd like to go to a school with a smaller class size and a better faculty/student ratio. Can anyone confirm that this is actually happening or is admissions using this as a tool to lure people in?

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What about transferring into full-time from part-time after one semester or one year? How would the employer know you were ever a part-time student unless they ask for transcripts?

Does being a PT student for your first year adversely affect your ability to be involved with student organizations? Don't most people join organizations in their second year?

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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 / Re: University of Denver
« on: April 11, 2008, 08:47:12 PM »
That was pretty helpful. You seem interested in International Law as well. That is what I am looking at right now. Thanks for the info.

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Law School Applications / Re: T2 Question
« on: April 11, 2008, 08:36:53 PM »
I should have clarified that I am interested in corporate law, not development/human rights work. I wouldn't mind working for the government either. That brings up another question: I hear DoJ is very hard to break into from a T2, but what about FBI? Do they really only target T14 too?

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