« on: January 10, 2007, 03:58:09 PM »
When are you allowed to apply for housing? Right when you're admitted, or is there some set date? I couldn't find this info. on the website, but I didn't look too hard. So... when you say expensive, how expensive? I'm probably willing to pay it to avoid a roommate. I'm too old for that sh*t. Do the studios go fast?
Did you interview for a firm job? I know most won't hire 1Ls, but one firm I'm very interested in, Kenyon & Kenyon, does. I'd like to know what their criteria for hiring 1Ls is, so if you happen to know...
I think you can apply for housing as soon as you get in, but they claim not to look at the applications until the deadline, which is later in the spring. You should get that sort of info in your acceptance materials. Studios are mostly $1500 and up, and you can get a room in a 3 bedroom for half that or less. I'm pretty sure there's no problem getting a studio if you want one, but I'm not an expert on that. Just make sure to submit your applications in a timely manner.
I didn't want a 1L firm job, but I know a lot of people are interviewing for those. You will probably be able to get a firm job in a smaller/less competitive market as a 1L, but getting New York or certain areas in California is very competitive. Your grades matter, and you have a leg up if you have some connection to the firm when you apply as a 1L. (Such as, you are from that area.) If you want a firm job, and you are from, say St. Louis or Denver, you can get a very nicely paid job at a place like that. Not every 1L will be able to get a job in New York, but I know people who have done it.
How many Columbia students do you think don't pursue positions in NYC? How successful do you think they are in getting top biglaw jobs in cities like D.C. or, to a lesser extent, Boston or Chicago? Say, students around the median...
I feel like a very large proportion of students are going for jobs outside of NYC, perhaps as many as half or more. (Although the sample of 2Ls that I know is fairly small.) Columbia is easily as competitive as any other law school in big law firm jobs in every market in the country. I know several 2Ls who have good firm jobs in D.C. for the summer, and there is a large and vocal California contingent here right now. Similar story with everywhere else. If anything, you have a slight advantage going elsewhere than New York, because you are competing with comparatively fewer of your classmates and most law firms like to have representation from each of the top law schools.