Thursday, September 3, 2009

Audio Zenterview - New York University and "Why Law School?" Cautionary Tale

This week's law school admissions and experience interview is with Michael Madeo, another Teach For America alum who graduated from New York University School of Law in 2008. He spent some time in a corporate law firm, Shearman & Sterling LLP, before he realized that he didn't enjoy it, and the economy wasn't helping Michael's situation.

Michael offers some mature advice for how to think about law school, and to make sure that you understand what you're getting yourself into when you apply--and accept--a spot at a top law school--and the time, stress, and loans that will entail.
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We're reposting part of a story from the New York Times for you to read while you listen to the interview.

New York University, Georgetown, Northwestern and other top universities confirm that interviews are down by a third to a half compared with a year ago, while lower-ranked schools are suffering more. What is more, when interviews finish in a few weeks, even fewer offers will be extended, said Howard L. Ellin, the chairman of global hiring at Skadden, Arps,because many firms are interviewing students for slots they may not fill.

After he lost his job as a television reporter two years ago, Derek Fanciullo considered law school, thinking it was a historically sure bet. He took out “a ferocious amount of debt,” he said — $210,000, to be exact — and enrolled last September in the School of Law at New York University...