hammy393 wrote:SEOLawRecruiter wrote:Rosa Parks wrote:Does the program cover accommodation or would we have to pay for those ourselves? And do we apply for scholarships and fellowships separately?
The application has detailed instructions on how to apply to the fellowship and the scholarship. The scholarship application requires an extra essay, but otherwise it's the same form (you just need to click a box).
You're responsible for your own housing. You're paid for every week you're either at work or in SEO Law training, so you're responsible for finding and paying for your own housing, just like when you are a summer associate.
The only exception is for students placed at firms outside New York. Their housing is covered for the training weeks. Since it is hard and very expensive to find short-term housing in New York in the summer, we do find shared dormitory housing for those students, and the firms pay for just those two weeks of housing in New York.
How likely are we to get placed in our #1/#2 choice cities? If accepted into SEO, being able to live at home during the program would save so much money and stress.
We try to place everyone in his or her first or second choice. However, it depends on a number of factors. We look at where you legitimately want to practice when you graduate, since the program is a pipeline for our partner firms-- so, if you want to be in Columbus because your grandma lives there and you want to save money on rent, it isn't quite as compelling as someone who wants to be there because their fiance lives there and has an established career there, as an example. A few things also come into play: the size of the market (we have 50+ spots in New York, and only a few in some of our other markets) and your school of choice. You do know in which city you'd be placed before you have to accept or reject the offer, though, so you can decide then if it's worth the stress or not.