Check in if you’re applying this cycle! Good Luck All!
All applicants must have:
Graduated from or be graduating from an accredited, four-year, U.S. college or university, or foreign equivalent.
Taken the LSAT and plan to attend law school in the U.S. starting in the fall of the year in which they plan to do the internship (e.g., only students starting law school in the fall of 2018 are eligible for the internship program during the summer of 2018).
A 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA.
International students are not eligible for SEO law internships
Got the following from last years thread and it will be updated over time:
brinicolec wrote:Sites recommended for SEO partners research prior to interview:
*Above the Law also has a law firm directory*
Basic interview info.
Length of interview seems to vary (shorter of times being around 15-20 minutes)
Not a "stress interview" (unlike previous years) -- some who have interviewed report it being somewhat tense, but that wasn't my experience
Conducted via Skype (I don't think they do in-person anymore)
Know their firms
No case reading
Time between application submission and interview request is ~ 2 weeks according to most applicants
Basic SEO info (website, some program details, etc.)
10-week-long fellowship (First two weeks are more educational, take place in NYC; next eight weeks take place at whatever firm you're placed at)
Majority of placement is in NYC, followed by DC; most other placement is just a couple people
Housing is NOT provided (except the two weeks in NYC for people who aren't placed in at a NYC firm)
$$$ = up to $1500/wk
Placement is highly-dependent on what the firm is asking for (they give list of schools they prefer) HENCE seat deposit is a MUST before they can place you
For anyone who is trying to negotiate schollies and thus, hasn't submitted a seat deposit by the deadline, LET SEO KNOW
Resume MUST be ONLY one page!
Important dates to remember
Scholarship essay deadline: March 5, 2018
(Scholarship has an essay, a required minimum lsat of 155 and min gpa of 3.5)
Application deadline: March 5, 2018
Interviews: scheduled starting January 2018
Proof of enrollment (aka seat deposit): no later than April 30, 2018
SEO admissions decisions: April 30, 2018
Program start date: May 20, 2018
Last year’s thread: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=273034&hilit=Seo+law
Advice from a 2017 SEO Alum:
charlie90 wrote:Congrats on all of your interviews!
I mentioned this to a couple of people through DMs but just a couple of things:
- $1100-1500 salary is on some pay scale that is completely the discretion of law firms. There was an anecdote going around that if you're one of the few SEOs at a firm (looking at TX, OH, and CA people), you're probably going to be making that full amount. No idea if this is true or not. If finances are a concern, you can ask SEO for a short-time loan if necessary and SEO did give out three scholarships at the end of our SEO network, get a SEO mentor who will tell you how to email people, and it'll help you out job-wise as a 1L.
- If you are concerned about $ (completely understandable), once again... Perhaps try choosing cities close to/where you will be going to school. No matter what you decide to do, its probably going to be chaotic. Some firms may help you "travel" to the city (e.g. you're a HYS student that will be a SEO Fellow in NYC) and most firms will cover your time spent during SEO's NYC institute. (Again, completely at firm discretion). I know there would be people who would want to disagree with me, but I would be willing to take out a loan to make it work for a short term summer. If someone had told me that a year ago I probably would have thought they were crazy, but seriously. SEO is not really about the money but the number of doors that will open once you say you're SEO (especially in NYC) or that you "clerked at insert Big Law firm" before 1L.
- As much as SEO Law does, it's a very small team that is putting this on. No one can say with confidence how many people are interviewed but chances are, you have a good chance to get in if you are being invited to interview. Just don't be weird and have rational answers to questions.
If you want me to add anything as OP, let me know!