OperaSoprano wrote:Jdny09, would you tell us about your favorite and least favorite classes at Fordham? I am also interested in hearing about your search for summer jobs and internships, particularly if you went outside the traditional OCI model. It does seem like everyone with high enough grades wants to go through OCI. My understanding is that this process is mainly for firms' hiring needs. Did you find this to be the case? I am particularly interested in nonprofit work.
I'm worried about exams already... Were most of your first year exams closed book? Did you ever get take home exams? As a 2L and 3L, did you have classes that assigned final papers, instead?
Everyone talks about our school being NYC-centric. In your experience, does everyone want to stay here after graduation? I definitely do... I only hope our legal market recovers enough to permit it.
One last question, just because I'm curious; did you and your classmates go on TLS much? This site has helped me a ton, and I plan to return next year to assist other Fordham applicants.
Again, thank you so much!
As for favorite classes, I really liked a lot of the taught by adjuncts, particularly white-collar crime and death penalty. Fordham and other NYC schools really benefit from having actual lawyers teach classes during the evening, and I've found them just really interesting and really useful. Anything with Capra was great too. Least favorite, no question, corporations. Major drag. As far as first year, I actually liked civ pro and con law, and hated property with a passion.
Early interview week is almost entirely for firm hiring. OCI does continue into september and a lot of public sector employers interview. I think most people do OCI, even those interested in PI. Not everyone does -- I know a few people with amazing grades, law review, now doing COA clerkships who just didn't want to work for a firm and didn't sign up. But, they're certainly the exception.
1L year, maybe one or two exams were closed book, and the rest open note. None were take home. They really were not bad. You have to keep in mind that it's all relative, and even if the exam is damn near impossible (which was the case with property), it will still end okay because the prof has to give at least 40-50% of the class a B+ or better. 2L year, many classes have take homes and papers instead. Some don't have any exam (trial ad, other practice courses).
The school is NYC centric. People tend to come here because they want to end up in NYC. Some aren't, and the people I know who have wanted to end up elsewhere seem to do fine too, particularly if they want to stay on the East Coast.
As for TLS, I have no idea. I just found this site and it's a good way to procrastinate while I should be studying for the Bar.