Dick Whitman wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
I really like the AJD program, but I feel like there's a reason they marketed it originally as a way for people to continue in their careers rather than a way to start out at the bottom of law firms. 24 months is a great deal, but I'd love to see some numbers and more years of experience before advising people to jump in. I'm not the sort of person to buy an iPhone the first day or attend UC Irvine before it's even accredited.
Also, the regular NU JD seems to be doing all right, if they placed a higher percentage of their class in the NLJ250 than even CLS and UChi.
Speaking of which, this is the right thread to celebrate:http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... 2443758843
via http://abovethelaw.com/2010/02/best_law ... r_jobs.php
Next Friday. I'm leaning against it. If I were over 35 I'd be all over it, but I'm not sure there is a need to hurry. Missing the Loyola patent fair is a huge negative for me. Those are interview might get without having to bid for them.
I'd also be flushing any chance of clerking, but I could take or leave that anyway. And, to be honest the GPA for that is huge, and unlikely.
The employment numbers are comparable to the regular program one year in, and employers’ comfort levels with the program should grow. There is no reason to miss the Loyola patent fair – a number of AJDs attended and interviewed last year. While it remains to be seen what judges will think of the program, there is no reason why the AJD program would foreclose a clerkship.
Yea I talked with one of the deans and he said exactly what you are saying re: clerkships and loyola patent fair. He convinced me job opportunities are very similar. I still opted for the traditional program for a couple of reasons:
I did horrible in undergrad because I did a bad job at managing my time. If I place in the same percentile I did in undergrad as I did in law school I won't be getting a job. I think (and hope) I've gotten over that problem, but a 11 week semester that decides my entire career fate isn't a smart bet for me. When I overloaded in undergrad my GPA suffered more than it already did.
I'm not sure if I want patent prosecution/ IP litigation/ some other tech law/ or some other kind of law. I'm thinking of trying out patent prosecution 1L summer if I can to see how it suits me. I think if I were certain exactly what I wanted to do after law school I would do the AJD.
And I have a family commitment that will make starting early a bit more challenging. My brother is coming home from the hospital after a car accident left him paralyzed. I want to help him get adjusted back home. And my family was planning on having me be around until August.
All in all, the AJD program was very tempting to me, but my personal cons outweighed the benefits for me. Under different circumstances I'd have taken it.