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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Southwestern vs. Chapman
« on: June 11, 2004, 04:21:21 PM »
I don't know how accurate NALP is Kristi but I can tell you during my second year we had at least 40+ employers conduct interviews on campus.  However, many smaller law firms dont come to campus rather you go to them.  I knew a number of people who received offers this way.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Southwestern vs. Chapman
« on: June 11, 2004, 04:18:54 PM »
Im sure if you read other posts you are aware I am a recent SW grad.  Here is my employment info.

Received offer in February after working for a firm during my second summer.  I got this job initially after interviewing at SW's Fall On-Campus Interview Program.

Starting Salary: 80,000 Base
Bonus: depending on how good of a year and my billiable hours could be between 5-15K
Required billable hours 175 per month
35 Attorney law firm.

I was top 20% at SW.

I knew a number of top 10% folks who will be working for biglaw down town, i.e. Shephard Mullin, O'Melveny, Gibson Dunn etc. starting Salries 115,000+.  We have a number of alumni who are hiring partners in large law firms like Fullbright Jaworski, Gibson Dunn and Shep Mullin.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Southwestern vs. Chapman (Part 2)
« on: June 11, 2004, 04:11:33 PM »
Networking will likely be the most important factor coming from a tier three or four school, especially in California.  If Chapman offers you substantial money it may be a viable option.  If that isn't the case I dont think I would risk that much time, effort and money on a school with very little reputation or alumni support.  Just my humble opinion.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Southwestern vs. Chapman
« on: June 04, 2004, 12:06:05 PM »
SW doesn't fail out the bottom third last years attirtion rate was 16% counting those who left for personal reasons, transfer..etc.

My first year I ended in the top 20%, there was no cut throat mentality everyone worked hard and all those who put in the time and were intent on finishing law school made it to the second year.  The majority who left, left in the first semester realizing they hadn't put in the effort to get good grades on the finals or because they realized law school wasn't their cup of tea.

Southwestern didn't reduce their class size it has remained steady over the last decade or so.  They have just attracted more talented people and have alot more scholarship money to go around.

Southwestern has nearly 9000 alumni in California third most in the state.  I would say their recruiting and networking is leaps and bounds ahead of Chapman, for obvious reasons.

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