lifestooquick wrote: dhatfie1 wrote:
Current 1L here (non-resident), if you have any questions about anything regarding the school and/or residency let me know! I know I sure did this time last year.
Can you do the DC summer program the summer after 1L or is it for older students? Do you know anything about the program beyond what's on the website and would you consider it worth the time?
Any insight on which professors are the best for 1L classes? Not that we have a say in which ones we get, but I'm just curious
How have career services been so far for you? Do you have an idea overall about how the 1L class is faring with summer plans?
Thank you for offering to answer questions!!!
Hi, no problem!
1.) Yes, you can do the DC program after your first year and 1Ls definitely dominate the makeup of the program. Getting into it is the real challenge considering it is a very competitive program as you can imagine. People literally line up early in the morning to try and get a spot! I do know that whatever job you choose to do while you're in DC for the duration of the program is up to you to secure. As far as whether it's worth your time, I would say most definitely. Legal experience from DC is relatively unmatched, plus it helps if you plan on working on Capitol Hill someday.
2.) Well, I can only speak to the professors I've had so far and the breakdown is as follows: Dressler (Crim Law)-Truly a gem of a professor, knows his stuff and despite his brilliance, makes time for students. Also, EXTREMELY organized. Caust-Ellenbogen (Civ Pro)-Not the best teacher in the world because he is unorganized and it's hard to take notes in that class. Outside of class he's kind of awkward but a really nice guy if you take the time to get to know him. He rarely makes eye contact when you talk to him in person haha. Ironically, this class was my best grade, but that's because I got a Civil Procedure E&E and studied it religiously, which I suggest you do if you have C-E. Dean Northern (Torts)- Extremely nice lady as I'm sure you've gathered if you've visited OSU and met her. Braunstein (Property)-This man is a comic genius, I just love going to class because he makes the room so carefree, and he makes property fun. Colker (Con Law)-This lady is kind of intimidating, I feel like she could be lead counsel for the ACLU. Brudney (Legislation)- This man is ridiculously smart and he has a very dry sense of humor, you can definitely tell he worked on the Senate floor for 6 years. I'm warming up to his class though, he's a really nice professor, doesn't call you out for saying "I don't know." My Contracts teacher is on loan from UC-Hastings and she's great but I doubt you'll have her, so that's that, let me know if you have any more specific questions.
3.) Career services is very helpful, especially if you help them with some of the leg work. They won't do it for you, but they do present you with plenty of opportunities to take advantage of all they have to offer. Many of them are former attorneys who have been through the game and the hiring process so they know what it takes.
As far as 1L plans, most people are either researching for a professor, interning, studying abroad, or a combination of the three. A lot of 1Ls do the summer study abroad program at Oxford, which is always a good talking point for employers who are there to interview you. As for me, I'm actually studying abroad in Madrid, Spain in a program done through William & Mary because the classes suit me better and it gives me an opportunity to work on my Spanish! Let me know if you have any other questions!