Thanks. I'm confused by your statements:
You state, "To be accepted, you must be nominated by one of the schools you're applying to," emphasis added. In contrast you state, "CLEO can help you get into law school. If you are accepted to CLEO, but do not have a law school that you've been accepted to, YOU WILL BE ACCEPTED AND PLACED IN AT LEAST ONE SCHOOL BY GRADUATION."
So do you have to be nominated or does is simply help to to gain admittance to CLEO? My understanding is that it helps. How can you be accepted to CLEO and not have a law school that you've been accepted to but be nominated by a law school?
Yes you have to be nominated, but nominations and acceptances do not automatically follow each other. Therefore its possible for a school to nominate you and NOT accept you. However, many of those schools with offer "conditional acceptances" if you do get accepted to cleo. Usually they will require a certain rank to gain acceptance to their law school. In our class, we had 6 students that had yet to be accepted to a law school by the time we had arrived at cleo. By the time we graduated, every one of them had been accepted to at least one school.
Only member schools nominate candidates, so aren't you suggesting that only students nominated by member institutions will get a shot at being accepted? So what if a student got accepted to Harvard... No love from CLEO?
Member schools aren't the only nominating schools, SSI's will nominate also. Its just that member schools are more likely to nominate. I'm in no way suggesting that only kids going to member schools have a shot, that's a huge jump in logic. I'm only suggesting that since member schools nominate more frequently, you may have a better shot getting in if you otherwise had not applied to a member school. Therefore your harvard kid will still have a shot at cleo. Really, its up to harvard if they want to nominate that kid. No nomination=no love from cleo.
Additionally, can you please describe the social atmosphere at CLEO? I don't mean partying and stuff, I mean level of maturity. I noticed on LSN that you were out of ugrad a couple years before law school... how did you fit in?[
I went straight from ugrad to law school, I just graduated may 2008. The level of maturity was actually very high. Most of the participating fellows had overcome some sort of socioeconomic disadvantage, and their behavior and focus reflected that. For example, our class had 2 Palestinian refugees, 4 Nigerian immigrants, and several fellows from the US that grew up pretty indigent their whole lives. As far as fitting in, keep in mind that every fellow has just put their entire lives on hold to move themselves to a city they had never been to and lived in the most diverse setting you can be situated in. So you dont fit in because you're like someone, our common factor was that we had no common factor, so we all grew extremely close. Of course, every large group of people will tend to develop cliques, but the beauty of it is is that the cliques were amorphous, so you were hanging out with different groups of people everyday without sacrificing comfort. So I fit in just fine.
do you believe CLEO helped you academically for 1L. In other words, do you feel your 1L GPA/Rank would have been less if you did not attend CLEO?
Absolutely. Coming in to 1L I had no idea what I was getting into, nor did I have any idea of the demands 1L puts on you. Furthermore, I dont have any family, friends, acquaintances, etc... that are in the legal field, so I was pretty naive about everything legal. Seriously, without this summer, I know I would have failed 1L. Not only do you get a head start, but they teach you exam techniques, study/briefing techniques, etc... In other words, they completely arm you for 1L.