[quote/]Higher up the rank, the better, obviously. Don't know the class of 10's numbers yet, but class of '09 had 74 people at firms of more than 100+ people; out of a graduating class of 396 people, that works out to be 18.6%. Number of people who got jobs through OCI is at 60 people or approximately 15% of the class. 12 people doing judicial clerkships. This obviously says little about what % you need, because it doesn't factor interviewing, luck, LR, networking skills, etc. If I had to guess, top 15% gets a pretty good shot.
If you want to know more, here you go; new numbers should be coming in in the coming months.http://intranet.lls.edu/careerservices/ ... tstats.pdf
Edit: there is a post floating around the forums that I am too lazy to find that compiled list of new grads at LA big law and LLS ranked like 3rd in top placement (ahead of a lot of big hitters, which is probably a function of self-selection but w/e).
Wow, thanks for all of your great advice throughout this thread, Loyola students! It seems that the number of people going to firms is pretty good relative to other schools.
To go this route, would you guys say that being in the top 15% of the class is more important, or how much do hiring attorneys look at extracurriculars (are extracurriculars an added bonus? Should we even demonstrate interest in a specific area through extracurriculars, or just go for the general learning of the law?)
I've heard that Loyola's alums are pretty good about keeping a network with the school; do you think that this helps with firm hiring?
When (in your time in LS) do you have to decide whether you are interested more in litigation or transactional work?
You guys also mentioned that the exams are closed-book...in this case, how would you recommend studying most effectively?
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If given the choice of having top 15% grades but no extracurriculars versus median grades but Section Rep and VP/Secretary of ________ Law Student Society, I would take the grades in a heartbeat (if big firm work was my goal). You can always get involved in little ways without sacrificing too much time, but you shouldn't throw work ethic out the window so you can have something cool to talk to interviewers about...
Every little bit helps regarding the network. That said, the power of a strong alumni network can only go so far. If you are trying to get into *Insert Random V100 Law Firm,* and you have shit grades, the fact that they have a lot of LLS alums won't push you over a student from ___ Law School with excellent grades.
You don't have that
much control over going transactional vs litigation. There are steps you can take, like targeting firms (large and small) that will get you good experience in one type of practice versus another but -ITE - you take what you can get.
Everyone has their own strategy that will work for them. Generally, it is a two step process: memorize the law, then figure out how to apply it as best you can in the context of your professor's particular exam. The first half is up to you: maybe you need flashcards, or work well with CALI lessons, or absorb information from hornbooks well. Your outline (should you choose to make one) would come into play in memorizing the material and in the application phase. Outlines are good for the exam application part of studying because it helps you structure your "attack" on the exam. It can help you remember that, when (for example) you are faced with a questionably valid Contract you need to figure out "Is there mutual assent and consideration?" "First, is there an Offer? Acceptance?" Etc.
This should theoretically make more sense when you if/when you actually go to law school.
To be fair, DS, Rocket probably isn't expecting us to be reading the forums of a 2-3 inch screen (unless you're using an EVO, in which case you're halfway to a netbook sized screen haha).