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St. Marys / Re: San Antonio, St. Mary's and general info
« on: February 18, 2008, 02:47:49 AM »
Just seeing if anyone could give me some general info on the school and San Antonio.  I was recently accepted (fall 08) and am considering between St. Mary's and a couple other schools.

-What is the curve like?
-Are the professors good, bad, mixed?  Are they open and available to talk to?
-How is the San Antonio job market for St. Mary's grads?
-Is housing easy to get, close to the school and affordable?

Thanks in advance if you can answer any of these, I appreciate your help.
The curve is pretty brutal.  My class started with 260 students and weíre down to about 200.  The required median is C+, which translates to a 2.33.  Additionally, at least 10% of the class must get a C- or worse (which is below a 2.0) and only 20% of the class can get a B+ or better.  Itís really difficult to break a 3.0 GPA. 

The professors have an open door policy.  You will rarely need to schedule an appointment.  Most are pretty good.  Some arenít.

The top 5% have a shot at biglaw.  Of the remaining 95%, the upper half typically take jobs with the DA or JAG, or with a small firm; and the bottom half start up their own firms.

There is pretty cheap housing close to campus.  They also set aside on campus housing for law/graduate students.

General Board / Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« on: February 08, 2008, 01:27:21 AM »
Nearly all criminal law "firms" are solo practitioners or small partnerships.  Few hire clerks or associates. Your best bet is to get in with the DA first.  Practice there for a few years, and then after you have some experience, open up your own gig or partner up with somebody.

General Board / Re: Help on deciding what to do this summer
« on: February 01, 2008, 08:31:28 PM »
I am a 1L, thanks for the advice.

See I'm just so torn. I am afraid that if I participate in the clinical, I will be pigeonholed into doing criminal work, which I am positive I don't want to do in any shape or form (for strong personal reasons), but again I am afraid if I commit the Diversity program, because I don't have great grades, the firms will take the "better" students and I will be stuck with a governmental agency or the last pick.
In that case, I would just take a full load of summer school classes.  That's what I wish I would have done my first summer.

General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: February 01, 2008, 08:28:00 PM »

This is plain out false if you are talking about a major city.  Getting a DA gig at a large metropolis is just as difficult, if not more so, than biglaw.
Maybe where you're from.  But not in my neck of the woods.  I got a job offer (from a T4) with no problem and my grades are nothing special.  I couldn't even get an interview for biglaw.

General Board / Re: Help on deciding what to do this summer
« on: February 01, 2008, 01:20:49 AM »
The answer depends on whether you're a 1L or a 2L.

If you're a 1L, you should just take summer school (to include your clinic).  Get ahead with your hours.  Don't worry about "getting experience".  It is not necessary to work as a 1L to get employment offers as a 2L, nor does it help.  Moreover, employers only give permanent employment offers to 2L's.  Anything you do your 1L summer is generally a one-time deal.

If you're a 2L, and you want any shot of having a job lined up at graduation, you need to go to work...with whomever will hire you. 

General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: February 01, 2008, 01:05:27 AM »
Not sure where you got your facts, but DA jobs are not easy to land, generally.  They are stepping stones for DOJ and a T3 grad with subpar grades isn't going to make a very strong candidate.
They're not easy to land, but they're not excessively difficult either.  Many are indifferent about grades, too.  A lot depends on location.

I definitely don't agree with that.  My class rank has gone down each and every semester.

General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: January 26, 2008, 02:12:31 AM »
Most people from T3's or T4's end up going into private practice or working for the DA.  You'll make about $50k starting out.

I would question whether the 2.0 is sufficient to keep your scholarship.  Most schools re-evaluate scholarships annually.  In other words, just because you got a scholarship for 1L doesn't mean you get one for 2L or 3L.  Double check.

St. Marys / Re: Current Students: How Necessary is a Laptop?
« on: May 10, 2006, 01:00:19 PM »

I didn't mean to come off like that, sorry.  But this is a St Mary's sub-forum.

Thanks for the info!

St. Marys / Re: Current Students: How Necessary is a Laptop?
« on: May 09, 2006, 12:12:46 PM »

This sub-forum is for St Mary's only.

I'm asking what the rules are at this school; nowhere else.

Does anybody know how much students can get the Dell for, through the school's special pricing?

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