muggleclutch wrote:Any advice for someone interested in international public interest work currently deciding between Georgetown and Cornell? Could Cornell work well for me?
My specific background and area of interest is centered on Asia. I'm not interested in corporate law (unless it could somehow eventually act as a pathway to work in that area, which it doesn't on the face of it seem to), and while I know Georgetown is generally set up well for PI work, this work is most often expressed as policy work in DC or work through three letter government agencies. I'm looking to find work in (potentially smaller) legal development organizations abroad, so I don't know if that changes anything.
Honestly I know this is a somewhat specific question, so you all may not be able to answer it. Anyway, broadly speaking I feel much more drawn to Cornell as a school than to Georgetown. I'm definitely into the smaller class size and more intimate atmosphere. And I think to an extent it's important to not ignore gut feelings of this kind. But the fact that Cornell seems so corporate focused has been a bit discouraging.
Another problem is I've reached out to the person at Cornell working in my area of interest and have yet to receive a response (it's been a bit over a week now). The admissions office has been receptive and has encouraged me to reach out to this person (even recommending I give the person a call), but I have no idea whether or not this is actually a good idea or if it's simply the admissions office being an admissions office. Georgetown has a larger number of people working in my area (obviously, it's a much bigger school), but I still remain more drawn to Cornell.
I think Cornell would be as good a choice as any other T-14 for international public interest law in Asia, but I don't have any personal experience with this, so I'm just going by gut feeling based on: Cornell's reputation in Asia, the amount of e-mails we got about events regarding Asia or international law, the fact that I kept hearing people say that we had a good international law program, and the fact that I know a few people who got international public interest law jobs but in the Middle East. I don't think it's so much that the school itself is "corporate focused" so much as most of the people who attend self-select into NYC biglaw.
As for the prof, if it's bothering you and they don't respond soon, I'd just call and tell them that admissions recommended calling them.