salyesq wrote:How does W&M compete in the NY job market? I know it has a great reputation in DC but is Brooklyn better for NY? (although given my situation I may not even end up living there after law school) Do you need a car in Williamsburg?
I went the entire year without a car in Williamsburg. You don't need one, but it will definitely make things less convenient. -I'm going to have a car this next year.
You've probably made your decision already, but W&M can get you to NYC if that's where you want to go. Because of the prestige from the undergrad, there is usually some name recognition. One of my friends (who is working in NYC this summer) said when he tells people he goes to W&M, they generally respond in awe as they consider it a good and selective school.
That being said, we don't get a lot of employers from NY doing interviews on campus. You'll have to reach out to employers yourself. And you can't beat going to a school in the area you want to practice in, for forming relationships and general networking with people in the area. If you have good grades, you'll be able to get interviews with large firms in NY. I'm sure Brooklyn places more people in NY, but W&M will probably give you greater flexibility and the option to choose NY or several other cities along the east coast.
sdb444 wrote:Just curious as to what OCI is like at W&M. Do they have blind OCI, or do most recruiters prefer candidates with a certain gpa, extra curricular, etc.?
I think its very typical for virtually all employers taking applications and doing formal interviewing (at any law school) to ask for transcripts and resumes. Thus, they get to see your grades, what classes you've taken, and they get to see things like extra curriculars that you put on your resume. Clearly extra curricular activities that may be relevant to the job position (IE: moot court if you want to be a prosecutor) will make you stand out as an interested applicant and not someone who is looking for just any random job.