treenapolits wrote:The job I am interested in focuses on expanding legal rights for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as working on policy and cooperation on improving access to services for victims, as well as advocating for them within the legal system. This is an issue in the United States as well as internationally, as 1/3 of all women worldwide will experience domestic violence or sexual assault in their life. Since that's a lot of women, this is a very important issue to me and I will work to alleviate it by any means necessary. Other than this interest, I don't want to go to law school - which is why it's important to me to not only be in D.C., where numerous nonprofits that influence world policies exist to make connections with, but also to study public interest law at a school with a large focus on international studies and women's law.
I will hopefully not have to pay anything for the schools (JD and MPP at American), and might be stuck with some debt.
Do you have a better law school in mind for this goal?
See, I don't think law school is the path for you at all. The goals you have are very noble ones and it's absolutely critical work both here and especially abroad. But if that's what you want to do, then you should just go get a job in the field. Why waste four years and take on the debt? Just go work for those interests now.
Public interest and policy jobs, and especially international
public interest and policy jobs, are 1) highly competitive and 2) generally want to see previous substantive experience. In general, the type of work you are interested in doesn't require four years and a ton of money for a law degree. If, after a few years in the field, you decide that you do want to go back and get your JD for career reasons, law school will always be there, and you can do the JD then.
As for a better law school for your goals, Harvard, Yale, and Stanford are head and shoulders above the rest, and there will be a noticeable drop. If you insist on being on D.C., then Georgetown with scholarship or maybe GW on a full ride. American is a complete dump, and your odds of achieving these goals with an American degree are not good. Like I've said before, I go to a much better school than American, at a school with a similarly-strong bent towards international public interest work (lots of programs abroad, especially in Africa). Guess how many American-born JD students I know going overseas to work in public interest jobs? Zero. Not one. Maybe there are a couple in our class that I just don't know, but it is an exceptionally small number. You are talking about wasting four years and a lot of money on a pipe dream.
If this is what you want to do, just go get a job and work for a few years, and if you think you'll need a JD to accomplish the policy/legal side of things, then go to a really prestigious law school like HYS. This American idea is a horrible plan.