JayJones78 wrote: cusenation wrote:
howardgirl wrote:I still cannot believe I am in. I feel so overwhelmed... I now have to do all this research. Does anyone know how WUSTL is for URM's and for Big Law? And if anyone could help me with some facts between Howard Law and WUSTL for a URM it would be appreciated.
Spending the rest of this snow day doing some research, but any info will be appreciated.
I'm not sure what WUSTL's situation is re: URMs/BigLaw. But I do know that many of the major BigLaw firms go to Howard for OCI. (Just from perusing the OCI schedules at dozens of firms). Now, I have no idea how many Howard students they actually hire or recruit. It could be significant, it could be just be an empty PR gesture, no idea. A fairly simple yet tedious way to find out would be to go to the websites of some major firms and do a people search for attorneys that got their J.D.'s at Howard.
I also have no idea what Howard's exit opportunities are outside of BigLaw. Admittedly I'm hazy on the non-BigLaw opportunities for WUSTL as well, but it does seem like (based on anecdotal evidence) that WUSTL does a fairly good job of getting graduates into smaller or mid-law firms.
To second Sunny, scholarships should probably play a big role in your decision, as well as your own preferences. WUSTL is known to be abnormally generous with money, Howard could be too, but I don't know enough about the school to take a guess.
Related Q about the whole notion of OCI: so st the begging of your 2L you go through OCI, and just based on your 1L grades and your résumé before LS firms decide if to give you post LS employement? When do the offers being hand out? Right after the OCI? Do they look at your 2/3L grades after you have an offer you've accepted? Does it happen a lot that at the middle of your 2L you already know where you'd be working after you graduate? Lastly - if you do get and accept an offer, do you the need to work at that firm on your 2L summer?
Lots of Qs I know
My understanding from lurking on TLS for a while is this (someone please correct anything that may be mistaken) for biglaw
You go to 2L OCI at the beginning of the year (August-ish) with only your 1L grades. If they like you, you get a callback for a second round of interviews, and potentially an offer to SA your 2L summer (this process can take a few weeks). Most legitimate firms will have a pretty high offer rate for their 2L SAs, but its not necessarily guaranteed. 2L/3L grades matter less at that point, unless you get no-offered or go for 3L OCI (or struck out at 2L OCI, of course).
At most schools, Wash U included, not many people outside the top 25-30% get post-grad employment this way, but some do. But, yes, the offers from 2L OCI are for 2L summers, so if you accept, that's where you work that summer.
Digging through the Legal Employment forum is super helpful for more info, though. Perhaps this thread
and this thread
can be helpful to get an idea for WUSTL/similar level schools.