« on: July 27, 2008, 10:43:31 PM »
I am not attending a part-time program, so I cannot give you definitive advice about the nuances of a PT program. Here is what I have heard, directly from hiring partners at V100 firms:
1) No one looks at your resume and says, "Did this person go PT or FT?" I shouldn't say no one. Maybe you will have a hiring partner who went to a PT program as well. It might be a source of positive conversation during an interview.
2) BigLaw firms have hiring grids/charts. These charts list schools and then what percentage of the class a person must graduate from in order to qualify for employment at said firm. Once you are invited in for an interview, most if not all interviews, have nothing to do with the law or school, they have to do with getting to know each other and seeing if you fit the firms mold personally. Every hiring partner I have spoken with has said there is no distinction in a hiring grid/chart between PT and FT.
3) Some PT programs allow students to transfer to the FT program after their first year, others do not. You may want to inquire about this.
4) The downside to a PT program is that law school is not exactly fun. A PT program prolongs the misery another year.
5) With a lightened load, you might actually end up with better grades than you would have otherwise.
6) So far as moot court, law review, etc. you will need to contact the GULC admissions office about specifics.
7) If my only way to T14 was PT, I would probably take it. Unless, you get $$$ from another school like WUSTL, USC, Texas, etc. Then it would be a tough choice.