« on: July 22, 2005, 10:52:42 PM »
In regards to the southwestern students, there are three there, two are top with scholarship money and just finished their 1L, one is not on a scholarship and just finished his 2L. The are not in SCALE, but in the regular full time day program.
Me personally, I work full time, have been for around 9 years, and am only interning there for 1.5 days per week. That is all my work would let me do. I am not interested in biglaw but I am an older non-trad student.
My impression of the LA DA's office is not like biglaw firms or judges. Their hiring criteria is not so stringent, like you don't have to be top 10% or anything like that because I was definitely not that. In the interview, I got the impression that the only class they cared about was legal skills, and they were more wanting to give opportunties to people like me (couldn't do a full time internship and have other priorities like full time employment and/or family). Every other place I applied for wanted a full time commitment over summer. Again, this is my own personal experience and so I'm not sure if it's the norm or exception.
And by the way, I believe Southwestern is a 3rd tier.