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Washington  :)
Woot woot! :D Hey Sax, let's jabber on and on about how cool DC is and how all the gay people who didn't get into HYS are going to DC. Yeah.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American 2010
« on: April 16, 2007, 08:24:52 PM »
Thanks Parischic, great write-up & pics! I can vouch for the cafeteria not being great--I ate there at the March 23 ASD.  :(

Good luck w/ the WL!!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American 2010
« on: April 15, 2007, 07:03:41 PM »
Damn, I wish Catholic had a Catholic 2010 thread!

I'm not going to know any LSDers  :'(

1) For some reason I thought you were going to GW. But at any rate . . .

2) I'll be in DC with you! You'll know me! And you can . . .

3) Start a Catholic thread yourself, Monkey!  ;)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American 2010
« on: April 15, 2007, 06:45:35 PM »
Just put down my deposit!!!!!!!

Can't wait to meet you all!!!!  :D

There is another girl in here? It's about freaking time, the boys are driving me nuts... sorry boys

  :D ;D ;) 8)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American and Living in DC
« on: April 09, 2007, 08:55:49 AM »
Random question, but do you need really good grades to go into public interest?  I know nothing about PI.

If you don't, then maybe those who want to go into PI could, um, try a little less and those of us who are prestige-whores and crave BIGLAW could get into the top 1/3 easier and get our desired jobs.

Sort of like self-selection. 

Ridiculous, yes, but it's a nice thought...

My impression is that PI is at least as competitive as biglaw, maybe more, because one's chosen field is usually very small. The WCL grad who spoke about public interest at the ASD said she didn't get a job for like 16 or 18 months after graduation because she wanted to do gender-based asylum cases, and it's such a small field. So, I imagine, when a job does open up, your grades are going to have to be top-notch to get you in.

But yeah, what does "top-notch" mean? Top 10%? Top 15%? Top 1/3? Also, how long after graduation does your rank stop mattering (if ever)? Is it just for your first job out? Obviously the first job you take will affect your later career options, but your rank doesn't haunt you forever does it??

<---- scared of being in the bottom of the class  ;)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American 2010
« on: April 07, 2007, 05:16:21 PM »
This book is neither of those things you mentioned

 ??? You mean shocking and absorbing? I guess they're subjective . . .

EDIT: Oh, I get it, sorry! I thought you were criticizing the book I recommended and I was like, ::cry:: she doesn't like my book!  :)

Yaay for deposits!  ;D

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American 2010
« on: April 07, 2007, 03:04:40 PM »
Hey Guys! I just wanted to recommend a great book I'm reading that was co-authored by a WCL grad! If you went to the ASD on March 23, it's the book the woman speaking about public interest mentioned, the one whose proceeds were used to start the Tahirih Justice Center.

It's Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja and Layli Miller Bashir (WCL grad). It's the true story of how Fauziya escaped female genital mutilation in Togo, West Africa, by coming to the US and seeking asylum. She's imprisoned for a long time and is represented by (then WCL student!) Layli. I'm about 3/4 of the way through - it's a great read in and of itself, completely shocking and absorbing, and I've gotten really weepy more times than I'd care to admit. Moreover, it's a huge thrill to hear American get mentioned - Layli was on a journal, in a clinic, certain professors make appearances, and so on.

Full endorsement, especially if you want to do international law or public interest in general.

Also, if anybody else is reading WCL- or public interest-related books, please post them!  :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American and Living in DC
« on: April 07, 2007, 01:25:46 AM »
I wish I could believe this....I'm in at WCL and UMiami($$$).....I'd rather be in DC as its my favorite on the east coast but a friend of mine who is a 2L there says if she were me, she'd go to UMiami...Its still expensive but there is a LOT less competition for good jobs....DC is a larger market, but WCL is third best in the district...that scares me.

I don't have anything to add, but can I ask why she says you should choose UMiami? Because of the "it's still expensive but there's a lot less competition" thing? Or are there other reasons particular to her experience at WCL? My biggest fear is running across somebody who's like, "I go to WCL and it's HELL, DON'T GO!" Because, ya know, I'm pretty much going.  ;)

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