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« 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.
« 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.
« 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.
« 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.
« 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.
« 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.
« on: January 26, 2008, 02:18:09 AM »
I definitely don't agree with that. My class rank has gone down each and every semester.
« 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.
« 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!
« 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?