benjaye wrote: Jeebs wrote: benjaye wrote:
Jeebs wrote:Hey All!
I am a soon-to-be graduate 3L from USD Law. I remember posting on these boards 3 years ago with the same curiosity and excitement that I know you all now have.
I spoke at the admitted student days last year but have been unable to attend any this year due to scheduling conflicts. If you have any questions about the school, career prospects, or just life in SD, I am happy to answer them.
1. What are your thoughts on USD's CSO? They can't replace being proactive on the student's part but are they helpful/well connected in San Diego?
2. What type of 2L/3L school term positions are common among your class?
I've personally had mixed feelings about the CSO. The vibe I get from others is much the same. There are a number of people working in the office with some from public service sector and others from BigLaw/private practice. I've had a great experience with a couple that have been willing to help in just about any way imaginable. I've spoke with one that seemed largely disinterested in our conversation. I've spoken with yet another that pretty much had her own agenda and was trying to push it aggressively. Outside the one-on-one interactions, the office is great, as odd as that may sound. There are always panels, mixers, and you-name-its that bring in attorneys from every walk of life to talk to and mingle with the student body. That is where the proactive student part kicks in.
I'm not sure what you mean by your second question. Are you asking about positions available during the academic term?
Sorry my second question was really unclear. Do a good number of students obtain paid/non-paid positions during the school year? And if so, what type of positions (eg Law clerks and such)
Thanks for your insight on CSO!
Yes, a lot of students obtain both paid law clerk positions and non-paid intern/externships. In fact, I'd say that vast majority do during their 2L/3L years. Positions range from everything from some sort of law clerk position with a firm (paid) or government agency (think US Attorney's Office, DA's office, ICE, federal defenders, etc. that is unpaid but can be taken for credit) to internships with the state and federal courts. The beauty of San Diego is that it has two trial court systems (state and federal), bankruptcy court, immigration court, and two appellate court systems (state and federal) and USD Law is the far and away the best school in the area. That makes obtaining these positions that much easier during the academic year.
As far as the CSO, you are probably going to get that in a lot of places. You just need to know when the advice isn't right for you, smile, thank them for their time, and move on in whatever direction you deem best.