Do you have any idea if any Mercer 1L's worked as summer associates for a large firm? Is that an impossible goal coming from Mercer? I heard from another Mercer Grad that there are some 1L summer opportunities in Macon, but rarely in Atlanta. Does the Career Services Office assist you in securing paid summer employment?
What are the large firm prospects during 2L, assuming you have grades in the top 10%?
If anybody has questions about Mercer, I'm happy to answer. In the meantime... (and I could elaborate on any of these issues if you like)Pros1. Nationally recognized legal writing program (courses are taught by tenure and tenure-track professors; 8 graded credit hours over 3 semesters; and a legal writing certificate program)2. Award-winning, unique curriculum (including required ethics course for 1Ls; "intro to law" course, which acclimates 1Ls to reading/briefing cases and taking a law school exam during the week before regular classes begin; upper-level 1 credit hour required courses including client counseling, negotiations, and statutory interpretation).3. Great profs (both in my opinion, and recognized by student survey ranking from Princeton Review)4. Small, close-knit student body with a student to faculty ratio of about 13:1.6. Many large scholarships (including about 6-10 each year that include living stipends).7. Large endowment (a semi-old study by Leiter ranks it fourth in the country after adjusting for number of students and COL).
In case you're too inexperience to answer that question, the answer is "no." Your law school use it only to lure prospective students, hiring partner generally don't give a damn about all these other "specialty" ranking other than the real ranking that places Mercer at a 4th place in a state with only one big city.
Does that long list of pros above means much at all when it comes to getting jobs?
Would a law firm in Atlanta choose a Mercer grad over UGA graduate because of number 1, 2, 3, or 4 on that list?
Would a law firm in Atlanta choose a Mercer grad over GSU grad because of number 1, 2, 3, or 4 on that list?
Seriously, do you really think employers care about your above list when it comes to hiring?
How much do you really know about the TRUE employment stats of your law school?
How many of the 2008 grads do you know that are employed (as attorneys and not waiters), how many are doing law clerk work, and how many are unemployed in the legal field?
on a lighter note, i'll be getting some good news ($$$?) from Mercer pretty soon.. i'm excited.