Fellow SJU 1L here...
dsap45 wrote:have you had any luck in securing any sort of legal summer work (whether it be paid or volunteer or whatever) and if so, was this achieved through your own efforts or with the assistance of st. john's law career services?
I have an internship this summer with a State Supreme Court Justice. I mass-mailed ~150 judges in my area and got maybe 5 callbacks. Interviewed with this judge first and got an offer on the spot. Career services was not much help unfortunately. When I met with my advisor she was nice and willing to help, but in reality the burden is on you. As career services has told us numerous times, their job is not to find us a job (lol?).
I know very view people (1 or 2) that have paid internships this summer.
audrey hepburn wrote:For bex: do you think it's doable to go to st johns with a 1 hour commute or not? I also want to know how the career prospects are (did you get a 1L internship, how about any 2Ls you know)? What are the class sizes? Also, any other information that you might think would be important in helping us make our decision?
bex pretty much nailed it here. I also know a few people with >1hr commute and their doing just fine.
Getting a job is tough right now, whether you're a 1L, 2L or 3L. Honestly, I would have a tough time paying $42K/year tuition at St. John's right now. The good news is that SJU is generous with scholarships. If you are only paying half tuition or less I think it is worth it. The stipulations on keeping the scholarship are top half of the class, at least that is what it has been. This is fairly reasonable compared to other NY schools of the same caliber.
samiam123 wrote:also, would you even recommend st. j over fordham or the like, or are you just saying that you're happy there? thanks for taking q's...it always helps us 0l's
I'm happy at SJU. Would I be happier at Fordham? Who knows. You should take Fordham over SJU in a heartbeat if neither are offering you a scholarship. If you're paying anywhere near full price, Fordham is an infinitely better investment.
Trifles wrote:Do you live in the school owned apartments or have you seen them? If so, what are they like?
The school owned apartments are nice. 3 bedrooms with common living room/kitchen/bathroom. I think one of the bedrooms might have a private bathroom attached to it. Of course you'll be paying extra for that. Although the apartments are nice, they are quite expensive from what I hear. Off campus housing is available very close to school and costs roughly the same.
iiifly wrote:I got a good scholarship at Hofstra but I need St. John's to come through and start hand out acceptances already so I know what the heck I'm going to do. App was completed early Feb (PT applicant). I was only able to get a 1 week extension on the seat deposit at Hofstra and don't feel like dropping $400 for nothing.
I would call St. John's and explain your situation. If they know you have a seat deposit due at another school they will put you towards the top of the pile. Just emphasize that St. John's is your top choice (if that's true) and that you don't want to spend $400 when you know if you get accepted you will attend St. John's.
Someone in the admissions office told me that this is okay to do. Also, negotiate a scholarship if you don't get one upon acceptance. They should match Hofstra.
If there are any other questions feel free to ask, I'll be around this weekend.