Formerbruin wrote:.heyyitskatie wrote:Hello, everyone!
Hopefully there are still some current Boalt students willing to take questions...because here's mine
I went to Berk for UG and, honestly, chose Boalt for a lot of the reasons I'm sick of being an undergrad here (small class sizes, low student/faculty ratio, accessible professors, etc.)...but at this point, I'm wondering what your experience has been like with career services.
As much as I love Boalt and was impressed by everyone I met at ASD, I'm kind of afraid of still going to "public" school...I know this sounds awful and entitled, but for all the money I'm paying to go to law school, I would really like some individualized or at least small group attention. At UG here, it's incredibly easy to fall through the cracks, and those of us that do go on to good professional or graduate schools do it completely on our own (except maybe engineers, since that program is so strong at the UG level). So...are the career / study abroad / field placement / etc. staff actually good at what they do and willing to spend time with students on an individual level?
I went to UCLA undergrad, so I probably had a similar experience in terms of bureaucracy. The difference is night and day. It feels like a private school (at least to me) in terms of responsiveness and getting things done. The CDO (Career Development Office) has not been short of stellar, and field placement is easy, especially if you're going to be in CA or participating in the UCDC program.
Study abroad programs are lacking, but I am not a particular fan, considering all the missed opportunities if you go abroad.
Agreed on the CDO's helpfulness. For example, about an hour and a half before a judicial externship interview that had come up unexpectedly during finals week, I called the CDO to ask the guy who oversees clerkships if he could give me a few last-minute pointers on interviewing for externships, and within an hour he had gotten three of the same judge's former externs to call me with advice. I have never had to wait more than a day for a response to any of my numerous emails to the office, and I have yet to be turned away when stopping by for an unscheduled meeting.