dabomb75 wrote:I really want to be in NY upon graduation, sooooo: How does UVA fare in the NYC biglaw market?
I was getting completely set on applying ED to UVA, but 2 t-14 (non-UVA) recent grads I talked to today made it sound like UVA doesn't place in the vault 100 firms in NYC nearly as well as a lot of the other 7-14 ranked schools.
Are they dead wrong or should I be re-thinking my choice?
UVA places as well as any of its peer schools in NYC. Most firms there tend to like school diversity and try to recruit from all the lower T14 schools. What will matter more than school ranking, if you're talking about schools in the 7-14 range, is grades/class rank. You could go to Michigan, UVA, or Duke, and roughly the same would be true: Top 25% would give you great odds for NYC, while below median would hurt you significantly. The differences between these schools are rather small compared to the difference your grades will make.
plenipotentiary wrote:So, pro bono work as a 1L -- what are we talking about exactly? Cutesy name for charity (soup kitchens, etc) or legal work? Are 1Ls even qualified to do legal work? I don't know anything about the lawz.
Pro bono work is any
work that is supervised by a licensed attorney and provides some kind of legal assistance. This is broad and a lot of things can count as pro bono hours. For example, you could do client intake for a legal aid organization, which means your job is to take information from people requesting legal help and write up a report on what they told you to give someone who decides if they qualify for assistance or not. That's an essential step in the legal process, even though it doesn't sound like what many normally think of as "legal work" or require you to know the law. It's still client interaction, which is an important part of the legal process.
There's a lot you'll have to do as a lawyer that doesn't involve "knowing all the laws", and you can get a start on practicing those things even as a 1L. If you talk to the public service center, they'll have pro bono opportunities which say whether or not they take 1Ls. Generally the organization will know whether or not you know enough as a 1L to do the task they have for you, and thus ask for or refuse to take 1Ls based on their needs.