sparty99 wrote:Oh. Trust me. It's big law. I don't get hard-ons for VAULT. Consequently, I couldn't tell you my firm's ranking. I went to a T50 and was below-median. I landed my job AFTER Australia. In other words, in the interview, they asked me about Australia. Plus, how the hell will employers know whether my classes were easy? They know nothing about my law school (as they don't presently go there) and they certainly didn't know anything about the study abroad classes and how challeging or non challenging they might have been. Plus, some schools transfer credits as if they were taken at the HOME UNIVERSITY.
If a student took Food Law over Securities that can easily be explained by the fact that they have an interest in cooking or wanted to take a unique class that they would have knowldege on anyway. A key to selling yourself is coming up with a story. "Ugh, I took sports law over tax because I like football....duh." With regards to me, there were other american law students at my school. Despite studying abroad, some are getting an LLM at NYU, others had Big Law offers, etc. You can certainly continue living the stale and formulaic life that you live and have everything you do be determined by vault rankings or trying to impress others you don't know or care about, but I certainly would not waste my time caring about what someone else thinks of my course selection. They aren't the ones waking up and going to class. They aren't taking down my notes. They aren't paying my damn tuition. I spent my final year de-stressing on the beach and doing a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. I have rarely met a lawyer who said they should have taken, "XYZ law," but I have definitely met several who have said, "I wish I would have studied abroad." That applies in both law school and undergrad.
Still, going abroad without a job is an objectively terrible idea in a pretty significant majority of cases. It worked out in your case for whatever reason, but that doesn't mean it was a good idea and you really should not advise other people to do it. Your ability to perform post hoc rationalization of bad decisions astounds me.
Nope. Wrong. The alternative is to stay in law school as a 3L and participate in the 3L job search process.....Now, ask yourself, how many employers come to campus to recruit 3Ls? My school had maybe 10. And I'm being pretty generous.
Not to mention, I was able to do skype interviews with 3 out of the 4 employers. Only one employer was like, no, we can only interview you in person. Considering there are almost no jobs to be had by 3L year it makes absolutely 100% sense to go abroad. I also know other people who landed jobs post-study abroad 3L. Additionally, whether you go Fall or Spring semester, you have a semester to apply to jobs.
Now, if we are talking about studying abroad Fall semester 2L. Then no. I would absolutely not do it. But if you are 3L with no job (or you have a job), then you really aren't taking much of a risk going abroad. In fact, I highly recommend it. Australia, Europe, or any country is a lot better option then spending another semester in law school, doing the same shit, and living in a weak town like South Bend, Indiana. I was in New Zealand when my classmates were taking finals.