Mercer 2011

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txag10
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Mercer 2011

Postby txag10 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:00 am

I couldn't find a topic for Mercer concerning this cycle. I've been complete since 1/7 and its starting to become an annoyance.

BamaGrad09
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby BamaGrad09 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:30 am

I was accepted in December about a week after going complete. If I don't get in at Georgia State, I'm likely heading to Macon next fall.

EthanMcleod
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby EthanMcleod » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:22 pm

BamaGrad09 wrote:I was accepted in December about a week after going complete. If I don't get in at Georgia State, I'm likely heading to Macon next fall.


I would choose Mercer over Georgia State, but to each their own. In today via email 157/3.6. :D

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millardtime
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby millardtime » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:33 pm

Did anybody else do the Woodruff essay? If I could pull a full ride, I'd definitely choose Mercer.

txag10
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby txag10 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:46 pm

millardtime wrote:Did anybody else do the Woodruff essay? If I could pull a full ride, I'd definitely choose Mercer.

+1

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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby BamaGrad09 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:20 pm

EthanMcleod wrote:
BamaGrad09 wrote:I was accepted in December about a week after going complete. If I don't get in at Georgia State, I'm likely heading to Macon next fall.


I would choose Mercer over Georgia State, but to each their own. In today via email 157/3.6. :D


It's more about the city than the school in this case. Both are good schools if you plan on staying in Georgia, and I do. My girlfriend and I would both prefer to live in Atlanta. Mercer is definitely second on the list though.

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ggocat
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby ggocat » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:43 pm

I recently graduated from Mercer Law; happy to answer questions.

WVUguy11
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby WVUguy11 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:19 pm

How are the job prospects?

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ggocat
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby ggocat » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:29 am

WVUguy11 wrote:How are the job prospects?

For biglaw, you have a decent chance if you are in the top 15%--pretty much guaranteed some interviews. Some students outside the top 15% (perhaps top 25%?) received biglaw offers my year. But many of the biglaw SAs for the class of 2010 were no-offered. From what I understand, this problem was not limited to Mercer. Most of the no-offered students found employment elsewhere before passing the bar.

The smaller and mid-sized firms seemed to fare better in the economic downturn, and they continued to hire and make offers at normal rates. Many students end up at these firms. The pay varies greatly, and size of the firm is not controlling. (Of the people I felt comfortable discussing salary with, the lowest was $55K, and the highest was $70K).

A number of students end up in government and public interest organizations--a devotion to this type of work seems to be more important than grades. Classmates who obtained ADA and APD jobs had varying grades.

Students in the top 5% generally received interviews with federal judges, but only a few people end up clerking for federal judges each year. I'm clerking for a state appellate judge (outside Georgia), and I am very happy with how things turned out job-wise.

Generally, about 50-60% of the class is employed at graduation. Quite a few people find employment while studying for the bar and after passing the bar--many JD jobs require bar passage. Unfortunately, the nine-month employment rate dropped significantly in the past few years (96% for class of 2007 to 83% for class of 2009). This probably reflects the economic downturn--to the extent you don't see this drop at other schools, it's probably because they juke the stats (e.g., GULC hiring 60 grads in fellowships, SMU paying firms to hire grads, BCLS hiring grads directly). I anticipate that the rate for 2010 will be better.

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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby JayHo7284 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:10 pm

I went complete at Mercer 9/24 & got accepted 10/8. Still waiting to hear if I got any scholarships, especially the Woodruff. Hopefully I do. My numbers were 156 & 3.56.

taraknits
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby taraknits » Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:34 am

Anybody gotten called re: woodruff yet??

JayHo7284
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby JayHo7284 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:06 pm

taraknits wrote:Anybody gotten called re: woodruff yet??


Not here. I'm going to email the financial aid office & see about it & other scholarships, too, because I've heard back from some of my other schools about getting scholarships, but nothing from Mercer.

Has anyone been awarded any scholarships yet?

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millardtime
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby millardtime » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:25 pm

I emailed last week about scholarships, and this was the response:

"The decision for Woodruff Finalists will be made by the end of this week.

Generally, most of our scholarships are awarded by the end of February. There is a chance that additional awards will become available, but there is no way to know for sure. Hope this has been somewhat helpful."

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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby txag10 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:33 pm

How can they make decisions on Woodruff if they have hardly accepted anyone?

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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby taraknits » Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:19 pm

I got $20,000/yr- letter came about a month after my acceptance...lawschoolnumbers shows several people that were offered $25,000/yr... Damn! Disappointed about Woodruff...guess if we weren't contacted last week we are out of luck, huh?

txag10
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby txag10 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:29 pm

Emailed today concerning Woodruff. Didn't get it. Oddly enough, my status checker is still sitting at complete for over a month now.

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millardtime
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby millardtime » Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:49 pm

Also didn't get the Woodruff. I'm withdrawing. Good luck, everyone.

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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby kitchuel » Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:10 pm

I get an e-mail talking about the Woodruff scholarship today. I have not been admitted yet should I take this e-mail as a good sign? I have only been in completed status since 1/27.

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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby JayHo7284 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:45 pm

Got emailed last Monday about the Woodruff too...didn't get it either. I also emailed Marilyn Sutton about negotiating scholarships because I've already gotten scholarships to a few other schools. Her reply didn't really make any sense. She said that Mercer's scholarships are going to be all awarded by the end of February & that no school can make you accept their offer until the seat deposit deadline. She didn't even answer any of the questions I asked...totally useless woman.

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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby txag10 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:56 pm

Complete since 1/7 and no movement, aside from not getting the Woodruff. This is getting annoying.

jsimp
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby jsimp » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:53 pm

Been complete since 1/12....What's the hold up Mercer?

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txadv11
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby txadv11 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:54 am

Complete since 12/1. Accepted yesterday by status checker!

WarEagle3
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby WarEagle3 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:11 pm

Been complete since 1/7 and still no movement.. this is getting ridiculous! :x

taraknits
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby taraknits » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:36 pm

Got invites via email to Admitted Students Reception at King & Spalding on March 22nd and to Scholarship Recipient Reception on the 25th (with paid travel and hotel)...Mercer, I wish you would have given me a smidgen more money and this would be a no-brainer!

ETA: Has anyone tried negotiating scholarships with Mercer?

txag10
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Re: Mercer 2011

Postby txag10 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:01 pm

WarEagle3 wrote:Been complete since 1/7 and still no movement.. this is getting ridiculous! :x

+1 exact date too. Annoyance.




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