MartianManhunter wrote:From what I can tell, as long as it's the summer before law school you're pretty good. There were plenty of folks that had some work experience in finance for a couple years.
What do you think makes a candidate a likely admit to the program? I assume you got a feel for the type of people admitted during the sessions and what not. Do you mind giving your stats?
About the interview: Yes, try not to mess it up. But you'd be surprised at how many of us showed up late/committed some other major mistake.
One of the big things the program directors told us was a factor was being personable, outgoing, charming, etc. Most law students/future law students are a little...awkward. They're parading you in front of firms twice a week or so, they need you to be able to hold a conversation and win people over. Everyone I met seemed to be able to do that very well.
And handle the 'bad cop' interview with the case problem by keeping your cool, giving a thoughtful answer, and smiling and you'll be fine.
Wade LeBosh wrote: I heard that they'll basically take anybody in the T14, is that true?
Necessary but not sufficient. It takes more than just an acceptance. They also seem to prefer other schools over others (though some of that could be self selection). There's a heavy Columbia/NYU presence. Houston had someone from UT. So location of the program probably has some influence. They also like to have students that will be going to schools that the CLI professors teach at.
Wade LeBosh wrote:Do they have preference for some types of URMs (ones that are less represented than others) over others (i.e. blacks over asians)?
No. The program itself seemed to have a fair distribution amongst asian, hispanic, and black students. Though SEO DC was pretty much all black, with 1 or 2 exceptions.