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I'll try to give as much info in as short amount of space.  I'm a 1L, top %30 at a second tier law school.  I have a pretty good resume, which I think is helping me.  Anyways, I was granted and interview and ultimately accepted a judicial internship with a federal district judge.  Today, before I withdrew any "applications," I received a letter in the mail offering me a judicial internship with a federal magistrate judge (for the second half of the summer). 

I realize that by taking the judicial internship, I will qualify for financial aid, but will not make any money.  I originally hoped to work for a court half the summer, and a firm half the summer (partly for experience, partly for money).  However, I received the offer and now I'm not certain of what to do! I have already worked at a small law firm (as a paralegal), and although ONE firm still hasn't rejected me following their "reception," I don't have the greatest chance of BIGLAW.  Should I accept the judicial internship with the magistrate judge, in addition to the district judge internship, or start sending out more resumes to medium sized firms and hope for a paying job?  Is two judicial internships not as valuable as a judicial internship/firm experience? What about judicial internship (magistrate) v. non-profit?

As for following graduation, I have no clue what I would like to do. 

Thanks so much!

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Financial Aid / Missed deadline!
« on: May 21, 2008, 09:08:11 PM »
I have an issue. I submitted my FAFSA in January and included all the schools I applied to. I just got my offer to Houston and accepted it! Yay :) So I kept getting emails saying "we can't process your financial aid until you are admitted".  I got another one today and thought it was wierd. Long story short I found out I PUT THE WRONG CODE ON THE FAFSA. I put Houston downtown campus and not main campus? I "made a correction" to my submitted FAFSA already and included the new code, but is this mistake going to affect my financial aid at Houston?....

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I know this is probably a no brainer, but can you just email the schools and tell them you've picked another and thanks for the offer? Or do you need to officially send them something?

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So I have posted a few things in the past few months about Houston v. SMU v. Baylor.  I emailed a friend of a friend, who forwarded my email to a few attorneys at their firm.  I'll keep their emails partyly confidential, but they work for a BIGLAW firm in Houston.  Here's what they recommended to me... (I also asked their opinion of going to an out-of-state tier 2 school and moving back to Texas upon gradution)...

1.  I can't be of much help with the SMU/Baylor/Houston bit as I don't have a good feel for the differences, but I definitely think that if you know you want to practice in Texas and are focusing on second-tier law schools it makes most sense to go with a Texas school. My firm is based in NYC and we hire every year from good second-tier NY schools (such as Brooklyn Law School, New York Law School). We would certainly consider a mail-in application from say Baylor, but we don't recruit on campus, don't have a history of employees from those schools, and generally aren't as able to judge applicants as we are with schools where we have more of a track record.  If a firm has a history of hiring people from a certain law school and knows that they're really well trained etc., then the firm will continue to look there, so the whole process feeds on itself. So if you're committed to Texas, I think you'd be better off with a Texas school than Penn State.

2.   Our firm, like most of the large law firms in Texas, hires from all Texas law schools (with the possible exception of TSU which has accreditation issues).  However, (and I am speaking in very generalizations here as there are always exception based upon unusual circumstances), while we hire from the top 20% of class at Texas, we hire only from the top 15% at UH or Baylor and then only the top 1 or 2 students at South Texas.
        We hire extensively at out of state law schools but mostly from the Harvards, Dukes, Michigans, Stanfords, etc of the world.  Since we do not interview on campus at our of state tier 2 law schools, it would be unlikely we would run across a potential candidate, but it could happen it that student was at the very top of his or her class.  Thus, if you are only considering tier 2 law schools if going out of state to law school, I do believe your prospects for employment with major Texas firms would be diminished. 

3.  I have a preference toward SMU probably because I went there and am on the Executive Committee of the
 law school. We have recently had good hires at Baylor. Houston Law school suffers but generally does ok in the Houston hiring market. I would not recommend a lower tier regional law school outside Texas if your desire is to return to Texas. Hope this helps and good luck.


HOPE YOU FIND THIS AS INTERESTING AS I DID... I am expecting one-two more email responses, Ill post them on here when I get them...






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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Houston ASD?
« on: April 07, 2008, 08:34:01 AM »
Does anyone know if Houston has any remaining Admitted Students Days or if they have already happened?

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Where should I go next fall? / Nicest Campus in Texas
« on: March 19, 2008, 11:52:20 AM »
I realize these answers will be personal preference, but for those who have visited many law schools in Texas, what was/were your favorite campus(es)?  I had a friend tell me Baylor's was nicest/most technologically advanced, but SMU was her favorite. This was a suprise to me. I'm mainly wondering about Houston v. Baylor v. SMU... but feel free to throw in Tech, STCL, UT, or any others...

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Wait List / Waitlisted at Rutgers Camden
« on: March 17, 2008, 09:00:27 AM »
I received a letter saying I was put on the waitlist for Rutgers Camden and if I want to remain on the waitlist I should call this 1-800 number and let them know the latest date I could attend the school and the latest date I'd "wait around" for a decision. It said many times they will notify you 3-10 days before the first day of class and you must be prepared for that.  That blows.

If  I don't write back AT ALL, I should be automatically removed from waitlist right? It just said to call if I want to remain on the list... Or should i mail in a "thanks but no thanks" letter?

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Where should I go next fall? / Houston
« on: March 05, 2008, 10:17:10 PM »
Need advice. Pros/Cons of Living in Houston... Attending U of H Law School. Any recommendations on where to live? Boyfriend does HVAC and would be required to drive everyday to/from different jobs - not sure if that means getting a place in town or outskirts is better. I've heard Midtown is good, Medical City, Westheimer? Thanks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Living in Houston v. Philly
« on: February 29, 2008, 09:41:20 AM »
So I was rejected from UT, my top choices are either University of Houston, or Temple/Penn State.  I've lived in Texas all my life, but boyfriend's family is in PA.  Has anyone else made the move from a warm to cold area... I'm up for trying new things but am worried I will hate it, and then be stuck in PA! Opinions of living in Philly or Houston? Commuting to school?

Thanks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Rutgers Newark or Rutgers Camden?
« on: January 25, 2008, 08:40:50 AM »
Whats the main differences between the two... ?

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