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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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?
Thanks in advance!
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?
If, on the other hand, you thought you might want to work more nationally, then a T14 would probably be a better bet. Vandy can get you national biglaw if you're near top of the class, but that's tough to achieve at a place like Vandy, where everyone's pretty bright and studious. The T14 will give you national options even if you're average.
Whoa there. Last I checked, 41% of Vandy's 2007 grads placed in the NLJ250 (http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1207904889529), ostensibly excluding people who could've, but decided to clerk instead; such numbers are probably rising, corresponding to the '06-'07-'08 --> 17, 16, 15 USNWR rankings climb, as the rising number of firms OCI'ing at Vandy indicates. Moreover, looking at this year's OCI Handbook, I think about 65-70% of this year's rising 3L's summered at Biglaw firms (can someone else back me up on this? The .pdf isn't publicly available); unless these summers committed a felony or something equivalent, it's fair to say that they'll receive offers.
Before I receive any backlash over this, I'm solely disagreeing w/ the Lind's contention that you have to be "near the top of class" to sufficiently place biglaw. If you're at the top half (and probably deeper after this year and next, especially after we slay/dismount GULC from the 14-spot--hope they're keeping their seats warm for us) and above, you're more than kosher. And even for sub-median peeps, given Vandy's lacking a class-ranking system, I'd contend that you'd remain competitive to gain biglaw interviews at the least.
Backup here. We're going through the new recruitment handbook for OCI, which is supposed to be inclusive of everyone in the Class of '09. But there's only 182, and the class size should be around 190, so maybe they omitted JD/MBAs since they aren't actually graduating next year. Of those 182, 158 are summering with firms this summer, and a full 116 are in the NLJ 250. Assuming the class size is still around 190, that means 61% of them are shooting for NLJ offers for next year. Obviously this isn't the same thing as employment information for graduates, but it's probably a better indicator of current placement than the NLJ stats for the Class of '07 (which also fared poorly percentage-wise because there were 220 in their class). Even assuming some of them get no-offers/blank offers either because of cutbacks or their own snafus, I think we can comfortably say more than half the class will be in a position to accept an NLJ gig in '09.
And as far as regional arguments go, it's difficult to label Vanderbilt as anything besides a national school. Our primary market (Nashville) keeps less than a fifth of us, since most of us came here for the program with plans to practice elsewhere. Taking again from where the rising 3Ls are this summer, they've got 18% in Nashville, 13% in NYC, 10% DC, 9% Atlanta, 7% Chicago, 5% Charlotte NC, 3.5% Houston, 3.5% Dallas, 3% International, and the rest scattered throughout another 13 states. I actually think when you compare national placement with many higher-ranked schools, you'll find Vanderbilt grads are more evenly spread out across the country.
I don't just mean nashville when I'm referring to Vandy's region. I think of Vandy as a southern/east coast school, with decent placement throughout those regions. But it doesn't appear, for example, that there's many Vandy grads in on the West Coast, which is a pretty major region.
Vandy's national placement may compare to Cornell, or even Boalt, which tends to stay on the West Coast. But it doesn't appear to be as national as the more national T14 schools.
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.
Bring up your GPA, which shouldn't be hard to do in upperdivision archeology and language courses. Nail the LSAT.