DC is still considered a primary market, so you should be fine. If you were talking about Boise or some place like that, it would be a different story, obviously.
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More national firms like Alston are going to give you more job security than the smaller firms. If they're listed in AmLaw, check their PPP (esp as compared to last year and the year before) to get some sense of how the firm is doing financially. Also, do a search on abovethelaw to see if there are any lay-off rumors or other red flags.
All that said, I wouldn't be too picky in this economy. If you get an offer, take it. You want an offer, you want to get your foot in the door, even if it isn't perfect right away, you have a better shot at moving around after your first year than at getting a job after graduation if you don't have an offer on the table at that point.
Splitting with a PI firm would probably be easier to swing than splitting with another firm, but neither of the markets you mentioned is particularly split friendly. You can get the information you are looking for in the NALP directory, where you can see whether they allow splits and the minimum number of weeks you would have to commit to the firm in question.
Given market conditions right now, you want to make sure your firm doesn't think for a second that you would take that PI job over their offer, so I think it's best practice, at least for the duration of the economic downturn to focus on PI programs that the firm you want to work for actually sponsors. I don't remember for sure, but I think MOFO, HK, and Wilmer have some sort of summer PI thing.
Just be very, very careful and make sure you are demonstrating a convincing commitment to the firm and to fee-earning firm work.
Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Boalt student taking questions about Boalt, law school in general, work, etc.« on: August 06, 2008, 05:52:37 AM »
I tried searching for this answer but there's so much information about Boalt and I'd like to know the answer NOW! How do transfer students do at OCI?
I think they tend to do well, as long as they aren't socially retarded and interview well. Off the top of my head, I have two classmates, both of whom were transfers who are now working at Skadden and Latham, respectively. I know another transfer that was having some trouble with OCI, but I think it was more a personality issue than anything else.
« on: August 04, 2008, 01:58:21 PM »
Honestly, I just love CLs because they are so comfy and I find British shoes to be typically made of a harder leather and to have poor arch support. I will buy most mid range American brands before I would British shoes. Also, I don't tend to love the styles. Went to Nordstrom when I was back last week and bought like ten pairs. I was like a kid in a candy store!
« on: August 04, 2008, 10:22:39 AM »
When do you need to seperate your diversity statement from your personal statement? I'm an URM with a not so good GPA so my personal statement is really important. I've begun to write about some of the serious obstacles I had to overcome to ultimately obtain my college degree. My intent is to demonstrate, through my personal statement, that in spite of unbelievable odds I've been able to obtain success. I want to convey that my experiences and my my fortitude make me a great canditate for law school and the legal profession. So, do I really need a seperate diveristy statement. I don't want to submit a personal statement, a diversity statement and an addendum (explaining why my grades aren't so hot) unless all of this is necessary. Would it be o.k. to incorporate my diversity statement into the personal statement or should it be seperate?
This really depends on what the school is asking for. Some schools indicate that they will not accept addenda, diversity statements, etc., so you will need to incorporate everything you wish to say into your personal statement. Some schools will give you the option to provide a seperate diversity statement, in which case you should. It's all about following directions.
« on: August 04, 2008, 07:52:50 AM »
I've been visiting a pair of Christian Louboutins for a couple months now, but the thought of actually wearing them and killing them on the street precludes the purchase. Ah, maybe when I move back to the States and drive everywhere again!
« on: August 04, 2008, 07:04:23 AM »
Vandy's elite firm placement is not anywhere close to Boalt's. (Most studies will look into number of grads in the Vault or AmLaw ranked firms, without noting the concentration of grads at the top or bottom of that pile.) Don't know about Cornell, but I would suspect it's not in the same league with that school either.
« on: August 04, 2008, 05:54:22 AM »
Why would Boalt be a stretch, even with a 3.6? You have a host of accomplishments that are uncommon (concert pianist but not a music major, fluent in four languages) and plan to add a Fullbright and the Peace Corps to them. You're right up Boalt's alley. If you get your numbers lined up right, the only reason not to go to Boalt is that you're going to Stanford instead, as you're right up its alley too.
Well, a 3.6 is towards the low end for Berkeley, as they have the highest GPA medians after HYS most years. The OP's accomplishments are impressive and he sounds like a good Berkeley candidate based on his background, but a lot would really come down to LSAT. If he's below median, it's unlikely. Usually, the low LSAT admits to Boalt have very high GPA's. Doesn't mean it's not worth applying, though. You never know what the adcoms are looking for from one year to the next. Good luck!