Echos Myron wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:03 pm
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:49 pm
Any WUSTL students here aiming for PI? (Or have friends who are)? I'd love to ask some questions about that experience and the available resources/support. Thanks
I assume you mean public interest, unless you mean personal injury? Either way I've got some experience in both. 2018 grad. Ask away unless you're specifically looking for current students' input.
Is there support (career services, alumni connections, student groups, school-funded fellowships etc) for PI students or is WUSTL mostly striving to drive its BL/FC numbers?
Did you feel as though you had the ability to apply nationally to positions, or did the WUSTL brand not carry as much weight nationally as the T13? Would you recommend WUSTL with a large/full scholarship over a lower T13 with more debt for PI-aspiring students?
I'm a current WUSTL student pursuing PI. Support varies across the groups you mentioned: I haven't had much contact with career services but what I've heard from other PI-oriented students is that there's significant steering toward the private sector. The career services staff member in charge of PI just left her position, too. Not sure if they're going to shift someone else into a dedicated PI-support position, or if so, when that'll happen. OCIs and job fairs are heavily canted toward biglaw, and the PI employers who come out are mostly St. Louis-area organizations.
The PI student community at WUSTL is pretty active and other students are a good resource for job leads. 1Ls who work at an NGO or government position their first summer are entitled to school funding for those positions if they're unpaid ($10 per hour, up to $3k, or a flat $4k for students who do an international public interest internship.) Funding for 2L summer PI posts isn't guaranteed; I'm not sure how many people get funding, or for how much.
A lot of our PI folks get jobs in their target markets. There might be a slight prestige ding for more competitive positions (ACLU etc) but I think the biggest disadvantage is the opportunity cost of living in STL rather than the PI market you might want to work in (NYC, DC, etc.)
A lot of people at WashU chose the large scholarship over T13 admissions. That decision is gonna be pretty fact specific depending on your age, financial resources, the difference between your WUSTL and T13 scholarships, your personal risk tolerance and faith in the loan forgiveness program, and desired career path and/or legal market, among other things.