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Transferring / Re: Mercer to Emory/ UGA/ UCLA/ UTexas
« on: February 24, 2008, 12:55:50 PM »
i did not end up accepting emory's offer, i'm at another t25.

however, about a week and a half before i received emory's acceptance package, the career office director called me to let me know that he was notified of my acceptance and that he had a bunch of info for me regarding OCI.  From what I remember, a couple of the off campus program deadlines had passed by that time, but the main OCI application process was still open. 

If you do end up transferring, having access to your new school's OCI is HUGE.  Before you make a choice, you need to make sure that the deadlines have not passed; if they have, typically you'll have to wait until spring OCI (usually with small firms/PI, or 3L oci).  THe deadlines often pass as many schools do not accept you until mid July before school starts (and some of them later than that).

I agree with you that you'll have to balance the pros and cons of transferring.  For me, while i could have held onto a nice class rank, and possibly LR, my T2 had a joke of an OCI program and was VERY regional.  I am now at the bottom (no exageration) of my class at a t25, and luckily I was able to get on a secondary journal.  However, i have two nice gigs lined up for next summer in a market that I would never have been able to enter from my old school.

Transferring / Re: Mercer to Emory/ UGA/ UCLA/ UTexas
« on: February 24, 2008, 11:23:18 AM »
i am not sure about UCLA and UT.  The above posters are correct about UGA, they do not take many transfers.

I was accepted as a transfer to Emory; I was at a T2 and class rank when I applied was about top 16%.  I dont think I was any sort of exceptional candidate; large public ugrad, low 150s lsat, a couple years of work, extra currics in ugrad.  I was accpeted pretty early in the transfer cycle too, which depending on the school might say something.

anyway, my point is that I dont think that Emory is a "longshot."  It will be competititve, but i think you have a decent shot.

Current Law Students / Re: need help/advice
« on: February 20, 2008, 03:41:49 PM »
So far I sent out about 100 emails (applications and resume) and its mostly public interest jobs and small local firms. I am also talking to friends and family if they know anyone who can hire me. So far nothing substantial has come out, that being said a lot of places have not returned my emails yet. I am hoping for some light at the end of the tunnel!

i dont know if this has been said already (too lazy to re-read the posts), but fwiw, you really should not expect must from emailing your resumes.  I understand that it may be a hassle to actually print and send a large amount of resumes/apps, but you may get a better response.  other people with experience can chime in here.

Also, dont just wait around for them to contact you. My guess is that 95%+ of them will not. Take some some to give the contact at the firm/org a call and let them know you are really interested in working this summer. 

Current Law Students / Re: Completely Discouraged With My Job Search
« on: February 19, 2008, 03:56:04 AM »
if i were you, i would significantly increase the number of firms/other jobs you have applied for.  you said you cast a pretty wide net and applied to 60 some firms and a few oci's; considering your situation, that is probably not wide enough.  Even students in the top of the class will likley apply to more firms than that.  In your situation, you shouldnt be discouraged if you're only applying to 60 some firms and have only 1 response. Open up your search a little bit, expand the areas in which you are willing to work, and start making some personal contact with the firms/jobs that you are most interested in. Dont rely completely on an impersonal mailing to a handfull of firms.

Current Law Students / Re: need help/advice
« on: February 13, 2008, 09:28:52 AM »
physically taking her to your interview is the key.

Job Search / Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« on: February 13, 2008, 09:25:42 AM »
not sure if this is a serious question....

From my experience, 10pgs seems to be the average limit, unless the employer says otherwise.  I had a few that had a 5 page limit.  so yes, a "whole memo", depending on # of pgs is normal.  your should try submitting one paragraph though, i'm sure it would give rise to a few chuckles. 

Current Law Students / Re: need help/advice
« on: February 12, 2008, 05:52:30 AM »
agreed, just send in your transcript. 

sending a letter to the firm saying that you were a top UG student is like bringing your mom to a screening interview so she can tell atty X what a great kid you are. 

yeah, i think that would be cool.  I'm thinking that reporting it before publication would be similar to reporting a future SA position as long as you have accepted the offer.

any suggestions? assuming no CSO requirements, is it acceptable to put an article that you are currently working on for a journal on your resume as forthcoming, if you know that it will be published?

Job Search / Re: What % of Class Gets BigLaw at Fordham?
« on: February 07, 2008, 01:09:25 PM »

no exact # here, but it should paint a good picture of how many students get into biglaw

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