sopranorleone wrote:Nickg415 wrote:Hoping some of the current 1Ls and 2Ls can talk about what the 1L SA opportunities are looking like the last couple of years at Upenn. Specifically grade cut-off, location, and duration of the SA.
As a current 1L, I think getting a 1L SA is sort of a crapshoot. I'm estimated in the top 10%, sent out about 90 apps for various SAs, and only got 2 interviews, none of which resulted in an offer. However, both places invited me back for an automatic callback this fall for a 2L SA (but I suspect this is basically standard operating procedure). I think having a connection or being a diversity candidate greatly increases your chances. That said, I think getting a 1L SA is easier at Penn than at many, many other schools.
Edit: I also want to add that I heard that, of the current 2L class, about two dozen or so had 1L SAs. As to duration, I believe that most 1L SAs are just as long as 2L SAs -- unless you request to split your summer and work for another organization or judge.
Yeah I mean it's not like we have a whole lot of stats on this kind of thing, like we do for OCI/2L SAs. In general, nobody should be picking a school based on stats for 1L SAs. They are pretty rare and it usually takes a particular set of circumstances to get them. Some hustle will get you in the door to a lot of places as mentioned. I also recommend trying for SAs in your home market. Maybe even Philadelphia, but that's proving to be tough sometimes even for 2Ls.