Born and raised in China, I was never exposed to an English-speaking environment, let alone country. That was one of the reasons I chose SILS for undergraduate education. Indeed, language diversity is a great advantage that SILS offers to her students, who probably will find this language skill to be a most strong weapon at their disposal in career finding. Another important reason why I came to SILS is rather personal: I love Japanese culture, food, and people. But I believe this reason could potentially apply to many foreigners as well: Japan in general is more than worthwhile to study about, and probably it does require a lot of close examination and interaction to really understand it.
My choice of graduate education, namely a U.S. law school, is greatly influenced by the courses that Professor Waters offered in SILS. I took almost all his courses and seminars that was available, and grew highly interested in the American legal system. The lectures resembled to the ones in law school in that they also employed the so-called the Socratic Method, which is a form of teaching that focused on inquiry and debate. I also got to know students with similar interests in taking these courses and we exchanged useful information about law school application.
The key part of applying for a U.S. law school is to excel in the LSAT test, although other preparations such as undergraduate performance, personal statement, and recommendations could also contribute to the success significantly. Obviously the whole process cannot be discussed here in detail, but I am happy to answer questions from any prospective SILS applicant.
I currently have not secured a job yet. Despite this, I must say that to find a job as a lawyer is not as difficult as many may imagine, and law studies can enable a person to work in far more areas than probably any other graduate education. Language skill, as mentioned above, is always a plus. For a law student, I recommend to study a little bit Latin, which appears in the readings from time to time, and also one language from Chinese, Spanish or Arabic. The reason for that is these markets are especially in need of U.S. lawyers who can speak their native language.
Again, I am willing to assist my fellow SILS students in future application, and here I wish every one of you the best of luck, which, to be honest, you will need a little in the battle of getting into a decent graduate school. Hope you guys make it.