Kilpatrick wrote:Nothing's changed, these schools still all suck.
+1. These schools are terrible (JMLS is among the very worst schools nationally), they're expensive, and they're in maybe the worst legal market in the country.[/quote]
Univ. of OR/Univ of WA/ Seattle Univ./etc would be a better choice then?[/quote]
The downside to those pacific schools is that there are much less jobs there. I believe Seattle is up there as far as saturation.
I can tell you this, going to one of the 3 Chicago schools gives you a opportunity for DA / PD work, but its really competitive in this economy and apparently this market. I know several 2/3L's that have gotten extensive internships through the cook county states attorneys office, but getting a full-time job is extremely tough. It sucks seeing 3Ls who are really smart and hard working that probably would be successful at anything else they did sweat it out for a DA job they've been targeting all throughout law school.
I would say get some experience first if you can, I know the SA office gives out quite internships to undergrads.[/quote]
Alright. Thanks for this advice. I'm looking at their internship application right now. If I was able to secure an internship for this spring/summer/whatever and still apply this cycle, would that significantly approve my chances, or would it be ideal to take off another entire year (something I'm really dreading)?[/quote]
It would improve your chances because the main thing they look for when hiring people for the summer and later on for full-time employment is evidence that you have a strong interest for public service work and recommendations you have, grades and school are secondary, but its not going to be a cakewalk so the main thing you should look for is whether or not its something you want to do. If you really want to be a DA and you get a decent scholarship at one of the Chicago schools then its not a bad decision at all if your ok with working in a smaller prosecutor's office ...I know Lake Co. and a couple of the downstate counties hire from the Chicago schools as well and are less competitive than Cook Co.