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Peter844

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Important FT and PT law school question
« on: January 05, 2011, 02:39:23 PM »
Does anyone know how difficult it is to transfer from a part time program to a full time program within the same school.. Say Georgetown GW or fordam. And would it be better to go to FT fordam or PT Georgetown assuming you want to work in NYC.

smartandunique

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Re: Important FT and PT law school question
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2011, 03:49:11 PM »
hi
I found this in Georgetown's website (under FAQ)
Part-Time Division 
Is the part-time degree/diploma the same as the full-time degree?  Yes. Aside from the number of credits and time of the courses (evening),part-time students receive the same opportunities to pursue clinics, journals and moot court. 
Are the professors who teach part-time courses the same as those that teach full-time? Yes. Full-time faculty rotate and teach both full-time and part-time courses.
Is it harder to schedule all the classes you want to take because the offerings are more limited in the evening?  No. Generally, Georgetown tries to offer the same courses during the day and evening. 
Do prospective employers favor full-time students over part-time students?  No. Employers do not distinguish between full-time and part-time students. However, fewer part-time students elect to participate in the summer associate program because of their work commitments. 
May part-time students participate in journals, moot court and clinics?  Yes.  All Georgetown Law JD students are eligible.
May I transfer to the full-time program?  After the first year, students can request to switch divisions. Approval is based upon space availability.

CharisP

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Re: Important FT and PT law school question
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2011, 07:55:34 PM »
Fordham is the same as Georgetown regarding transferring from the evening division to the day division.

Do prospective employers favor full-time students over part-time students?  No. Employers do not distinguish between full-time and part-time students. However, fewer part-time students elect to participate in the summer associate program because of their work commitments.

You should be aware that what this essentially means is that BigLaw, and even non-BigLaw firms that have summer associate programs, do in fact favor full-time students over part time students.  If you don't get recruited into a summer associate program for a law firm that has them, especially in the current economy, your prospects for getting hired by the firm are extremely low.  Further, some BigLaw firms do see a candidate who attended the night division as inferior to a candidate who attended the day division.  If your are not interested in securing an associate position at a BigLaw firm or a law firm that has a summer associate program then it should not concern you.

Georgetown's ranking significantly ahead of Fordham will increase the marketability of your law degree for employers on a national level and in the D.C. area but, because Fordham has a strong regional reputation in the New York metropolitan area, the Georgetown law degree will not always give the same increased marketability over Fordham (especially if you exclude BigLaw firms) if you seek employment in NYC.  It may make a difference with some NYC employers though.

Although I am a Fordham alumnus my advice would be to attend Georgetown.  You cannot assume that employment in NYC will necessarily be the most desirable choice for you 3 years from now.  The field of law is extremely competitive with the number of jobs available vastly outnumbered by the number of lawyers seeking employment.  You should seek every advantage you can get and the greater national reputation and marketability of a Georgetown law degree can matter, particularly if you donít graduate in the upper quarter of your class.

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Re: Important FT and PT law school question
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011, 10:02:05 PM »
Thank you Charis and smartandunique I appreciate the information and advice! This does help quite a bit.