School Funded Jobs at UVA

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burblegurp
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School Funded Jobs at UVA

Postby burblegurp » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:22 am

This may have been discussed at some point, but can anyone provide clarity on the number of school funded jobs at UVA?

The LST numbers look great (95.6%) until you notice that 15.9% of those jobs are school funded. What's going on here?

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UVAIce
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Re: School Funded Jobs at UVA

Postby UVAIce » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:38 am

There are a lot of threads on this, but I will try do describe it in a way that I feel is most accurate. The school funded rate shouldn't affect your decision if you're shooting for a big law. Why? Because what you should be worried about is the NLJ250 placement and Art. III clerkship placement rates are.

I think you might be more interested in the character of the school funded position? All the school funded positions are is a "fellowship" to go work for some organization or another. I know more than a few people who are using these to go work for a local DA office or PD office. There are people who use the fellowships to work on Capital Hill or some other non-profit. From what I understand a lot of these people have a full-time position locked down by the time the fellowship ends. These are not the kind of school-funded positions where they have you working in the basement of the law school to get people to donate to the law school or something non-law related.

Honestly, Given that our big law placement and Art. III placement are essentially equal to our peers, it is nice to have the fellowships as a backup plan if you really can't get anything else. I don't see how they are a "negative" given that we are placing just as many or more folks into big law and Art. III courts as Berkeley, Michigan, Duke, etc.




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