What's up longshot? How do you like Atlanta thus far? How long til exams start?
Atlanta is... okay. I've come to terms with it. Exams start... imminently... December 11th is my first one, I think. Torts. I am in no way ready for it.
There are a lot of different things that could fit under the banner of "study skills"; if there was one certain set of study skills or one area you could've focused on most before starting, which would that be?
Thanks, and good luck with finals!
Most important Study Skill: Being able to say, "no, I don't need to take and nap AND THEN watch House, I'll just work on my Torts outline..." and do that while exams are more than a few weeks away.
I visited Emory and I liked it a lot.
Perhaps you could expand a little bit on yourself. How old are you? Where did you go to UG? What did you study? Stereotype yourself socially.
Age: 23 (24 in January)
Undergrad: Villanova University
Emory is a pretty diverse school, btw, so even though I am a white male of average-1L-age, that doesn't mean we are all white males of average-1L-age.
What do you think the biglaw cutoff is for Emory (for any "biglaw" job)? What do you think the cutoff is to transfer your degree to NY/Boston/DC (I'm guessing it's much easier to get a good job in Atlanta than in NY with a degree from Emory)?
Good question. It's really hard to get a straight answer about a "cut-off" because everyone knows someone who just happened to kick ass in the interview and get a job they shouldn't have. The 3L's I've spoken to seem to suggest that getting a job in NY/DC isn't too difficult -- Boston is a special case, and you really need a connection to the market. Probably top-1/3 of the class to be SURE of a job in NYC. I can't comment on a biglaw cutoff, I don't know. It is pretty easy to get an interview for Atlanta BIGLAW, though -- so-i've-heard.
How do you feel about the administration/career services? What % of students lands a paid Summer 1L job?
So far I haven't personally butted heads with administration just yet, and we've only been allowed to talk to Career Services for a few weeks now (NALP rules...), but that has mostly been positive.
Breakdown for last years 1Ls is as follows:
NALP Law Firm / Firms with 100+ Lawyers (prob. paid): 17%
Other Law Firms (maybe paid): 27%
Judicial (unpaid): 11%
Non-Profit (unpaid): 11%
Government (mostly unpaid): 22%
Academic Research: 18%
There are also grants available to students doing unpaid public interest work in the summer as well.
What is your opinion of Atlanta?
It's really not my city, but its not a bad place to live. Emory is in a largely suburban part of the city, and doesn't really have a big-city-feel in my opinion.
How would you describe your classmates?
Gunners, all of them!
What do you attribute your scholarship $ to? On your scholarship form, do you think it seemed like you really needed $?
I was lazy and I didn't fill out the scholarship form (or maybe I did... I didn't submit all of the info they required though). It was a merit award, and seeing as how you've obviously looked at my LSN account, you can tell that they were rather generous last year. Emory's scholarships are guaranteed for three years, so as long as you don't fail out, you can't lose your money.
PS -- my classmates are not all gunners...
There are a few gunners. There will be anywhere you go. Most people are nice. There are a handful of assholes, some slackers (myself included?) who really shouldn't be there, people who are too-cool-for school, a dude in his 50s, two Mormons from BYU (only one who is married), a dude from Australia...