« on: April 10, 2007, 11:52:23 AM »
hi all, here i am at work, just checking out what everyone had to say about the weekend. due to weird flight scheduling i stayed in atlanta till tuesday morning and i'm sitting here with 2 hours of sleep.
hmm, someone asked what they should do while visiting atlanta... try to visit the highland and post apartments to get a feel for what it would be like to live off campus. definitely bring a car. if you have spare time go see the GA aquarium. *the largest in the world.
as far as the AVD... i actually chose NOT to sit in on the alumni panel they had in the auditorium because i had to go to the bathroom and wen i came back out i noticed that there were tables set up by the post apts where i loitered for a bit and picked up some brochures i have yet to look at. the BEST part about skipping that panel was talking to the career services table who seemed to not want to directly answer my questions. (i did read in a post somewhere that OCI offices are NOT allowed legally to speculate about your job prospects until you're a registered student?) however she did introduce me to a 3L from ny who had verbal diarrhea in a good way who gave me all sorts of anecdotes and stats. pretty much exactly wat's been said before: the higher ranked you are the easier it will be to find Big Law placement in ny and the lower ranked you are the harder it will be, but not impossible. most ppl just send out 50-100 resumes and hear back from 5-10 firms with offers. the ny'er with verbal diarrhea in particular was comfortable enough to give me his rank (30%) and had been flown up to ny and put up at the ritz at the firms' expense.
the way he explained the august NY OCI is like this: there are 25 firms you pick online after uploading a resume and letter, and then 10 firms pick you to interview, and then you have callbacks. (current students, please correct me if my memory has failed me) however, for the proactive person who knows they will be in ny you can always send out resumes saying that you will be in ny for nov/dec for thanksgiving/xmas and get interviews in that way.
i'm thrilled that i went to the emory avd because i met a lot of people who put my fears of leaving ny to rest. i basically grilled everyone i met about it and if you want to work outside of atlanta, it CAN BE DONE and done well.
as far as the parents that came along, er, i kno my mom wanted to come along just for fun not to "supervise" or anything. i ended up flying down alone since she had to work anyway. um, my small group was professor tung who teaches international transactions. he seemed smart and well-spoken. we talked about specialized legal education vs. general practical knowledge, how 2L's are less stressed but busier because of extra-curriculars, the field placements which he thought we should take advantage of.... um... the ny issue again...
lastly about the intelligence issue... on sunday night i met the president of AALSA to chat about the club and her perspective on emory and that topic actually came up. she said that i would find that emory students TRY not to be overbearingly intellectual outside of class. they want to be normal you know~ and if it means anything to anybody, i met an emory alum who's a partner at reed smith and he told me that in his opinion it seems that emory students have a rep for being intellectuals while fordham students seem to be known for being workhorses.
withasigh, refused party program - see you guys in august!