Justathought wrote:You mentioned heading to trial and taking depositions. It seems many new attorneys intentionally shy away from those arenas, and many more are not given a chance to partake due to the nature of their law firms. Assuming you feel fully prepared to tackle these endeavors, do you feel Temple's trial advocacy focus was a significant contributing factor in your preparation? Did you do the ITAP(I think that's what its called) concentration? Finally, do you think small/midsized firms and/or programs like JAG prefer to hire Temple students who concentrate on trial advocacy?
ITAP definitely has helped. That being said, I can't compare the preparation I got at Temple, versus another school. Firms that do a lot of trial litigation, especially in areas like criminal, personal injury, insurance defense, etc. like when people do the trial ad courses in law school. It's definitely helpful. I don't know so much about JAG. I know a couple of people doing JAG, and they both have previous military background. DA, public defender and city solicitor jobs really like the ITAP program, and by the time you get out, hopefully the budget situation will be better, so there will be more hiring by those agencies than there is now.