Dignan wrote:Thanks, Rotor. That was very informative.
Although the UCDC opportunity is appealing, there are a couple of reasons why I might prefer a summer internship to a full semester in DC. It could be helpful to have fed govt. experience on my resume before OCI (I don't think you can do UCDC until the fourth semester), and it seems like a full semester away might interfere with the opportunity to work on law review or a journal.
And pardon my ignorance, but what is a supermod?
It's true you can't do UCDC until your fourth semester. In terms of OCI, however, I don't think it would make much difference (if any) if you spent 1L summer working for, say, a judge as opposed to starting directly working for the feds. If you're sure that's what you want to pursue for those ten weeks, by all means, but I don't think it's necessary for OCI to have federal experience to get a federal job for 2L OCI.
I never found UCDC to be much of a hindrance to my journal work since so much is done by email/skype/phone conference these days anyway. It may be a different story if you're editor in chief of a journal or on CLR, though. I highly recommend it as an experience.
The class is organized into 3 "supermods" with about 90 people each. The supermods are then further organized into 9 "mods" of 30 people each. Your first semester, you will have one small class with your mod and two large classes with your supermod.