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I'd imagine the point is to expand networking opportunities for students that are coming from Florida to go to Cooley.

News Discussion / Cooley Law School's New Tampa, FL campus opens 2012
« on: August 08, 2011, 05:19:27 PM »

Just released info on the newest Cooley campus. What kind of effect will this have for current /future Cooley students?

Ave Maria Law & connected University is a part of the conservative Catholic town created by the school's administration. So, be well aware of that. Its also barely in naples, more on the outskirts.

Its a new law school for Florida, so there is no bar passage data or placement info yet. Additionally, it is the 11th law school in the state and doesn't have a high reputation so outside the Naples area I'd imagine finding jobs to be very competitive.

I am a long term Floridian, and its very competitive for any job here and many people leave the state because of this. Our real estate market should be a warning.

General Board / Re: open your own practice
« on: August 06, 2011, 03:55:38 PM »
I am in agreement that the op's suggestion seems unrealistic.

I'd like to raise another question from this- what about a group of recent law grads? Say 3-5 that can raise 150k and go into opening an office together?

What are your thoughts on this? I'd imagine risks are decreased with combined experience and shared resources. While its not quite a sole practitioner, it would still be small enough to make key decisions.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: What law schools should I apply to?
« on: August 05, 2011, 03:37:26 PM »
Why not try Northwestern Law since your already there? It really depends a lot on where you want to be when you finish.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Leave T1 for niche TTT?
« on: July 25, 2011, 03:48:06 PM »
What about talking to career services/alumni office at Colorado? They have to have some alumni in NYC that you could talk with & go from there.

You could also try for summer positions there- even unpaid public interest positions to get some networking going while finishing at Colorado.

Transferring in law school is surely a lot of work, it sounds like you just need some networking to get a job lined up- not a transfer.

Job Search / Government & Public Service law fields
« on: July 21, 2011, 01:42:10 AM »
I'm starting my 1L year in about a month now, and I know its a ways off to even consider work options- but, I know in general I would like to pursue a career in the government and/or public service law fields. I have the typical political science undergrad background, and a few years pt experience in campaigns, nonprofit, and one semester of a legislative internship.

I'm going to absolutely focus my first year and work for the best grades I can attain, possibly a 10-15 hour pt job in the spring but thats all.

I wanted advice on how to best prepare to be a marketable law student in the government/ public service law field?

Also, I've noticed a difference between the two terms.

By government I mean state/local prosecutor, AG, and admin law as desirable areas.

Public service I've noticed as meaning either government or public interest/indigent work. * I find this area very admirable, but am very hesitant because it seems to be very grant funded, and I'm not sure if its an area you can work your way up in like you can in a government agency. I probably wouldn't be opposed to it as an entry level option, but as a career field I can't see it.

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