samcro_op wrote: BlueLotus wrote:
Would the fact your school has taken a nosedive in the rankings effect how employers look at you? My schools LSAT median has gone from 166 to 162 since 2010, and we've dropped 9 spots!
I hope you're not serious...
PDs and DAs rarely give a thought to the rankings, and I can guarantee they aren't watching the rankings on a yearly basis. No one will notice or care that your school dropped 9 spots. First off, they just don't have the time to notice something like that. Your application isn't getting the kind of scrutiny you seem to think it does. Second-of-ly, many PDs can't play the prestige game without being hypocritical. You'll notice that a substantial number of older PD's come from very low ranking schools. Third, every PD in the world recognizes that you learn very little in the classroom that carries over to the job. Experience and internships counts a thousand times more than a spot in the rankings.
To put it another way, I think any experience with indigent defendants is worth about 30 points on the rankings. All other things being equal, a person from a tier 2 who does an additional fall externship at a PD's office is way ahead of a person from a mid level tier 1 who didn't do that externship.
As for the domestic violence victims thing....
Any work with indigent people is a good thing. Work with indigent defendants is best, but I don't think victims work is at all disqualifying. In practice, the line between victim and defendant is really blurry. Today's defendant is tomorrow's victim. Cross-warrants in domestic violence cases are extremely common. Indigent people tend to be victims of crime just as often as they are perpetrators. Just last week I watched a case where a prosecution witness in a DUI case on the 9:00 A.M. docket turned out to be the defendant in an unrelated case on the 10:00 A.M. docket. Point is, don't frame it as "victim's work", frame it as work with poor people.