colemf wrote:I've read much of this thread and would first like to Patrick for all of your advice, I have learned much from this thread, my question: Do you think the conservative/liberal nature of some schools plays into the board's decesions? I'll be a 1L at Notre Dame, considered to be one of the most conservative law schools, and while i'm more of a moderate, I was wondering if is this could play to my advantage?
I really really doubt the board's read into possible political affiliation. I know current JAGs that served as staffers for candidates/politicians on BOTH SIDES of the aisle. There are JAGs from the People's Republic of Berkeley and to Regent.
My office alone has one Boalt and one NYU, both pretty liberal law schools in my opinion.
Political leanings never come up in the work place (see Article 88, UCMJ) and realistically, there are so many applicants for each board that I really think most applicants are racked and stacked based on the major factors: GPA, work experience, SJA Recommendation, etc.
ND is a solid law school with a great rep - get as much litigation experience/training as possible and max out the GPA. The rest will take care of itself.