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Visiting Schools

Visiting Schools
« on: September 26, 2004, 03:41:56 PM »
Does anyone think this has any bearing on admission decisions?  I've recently visited three schools and sat in on a class at each.  The classes, by the way, were incredibly boring!!  One was Civil Procedure and the other Contracts.  If I was a borderline applicant, do you think this would give me an extra edge?  Hopefully it shows how serious I am about attending.

Any thoughts?

gobears

Re: Visiting Schools
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2004, 03:55:00 PM »
I think it could potentially help if you actually talked to a member of the adcomm on your visit(s).  Like by spending 15 minutes or so with that person, asking him/her questions that can't be easily answered by looking at a brochure or on the school's website, and be able to get across a real enthusiasm to go to that school.  If you can do something like this, which is obviously easier to do around now and early on in the application cycle than later when adcomms will be super busy, they might include a positive note in your application about who you are, what their impressions were of you, etc., and that would likely give you a leg up over other similar applicants.

Victor

Re: Visiting Schools
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2004, 05:00:31 PM »
Does anyone think this has any bearing on admission decisions?  I've recently visited three schools and sat in on a class at each.  The classes, by the way, were incredibly boring!!  One was Civil Procedure and the other Contracts.  If I was a borderline applicant, do you think this would give me an extra edge?  Hopefully it shows how serious I am about attending.

Any thoughts?

Yeah I did that, I might a lot of cool peoples. I dont think it has any bearing on admissions decisions at all.

I noticed a lot law students play tetris and pinball games on their laptop while class is in session.

Re: Visiting Schools
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2004, 05:46:45 PM »
I found this amusing also.  Out of the five people sitting at the table in front of me, four were either talking on IM or surfing the web.  When I was in college, no one had lap tops, so I find it very interesting that people pay all this money to go to law school and then don't even pay attention.

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Re: Visiting Schools
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2004, 10:29:56 PM »
To be fair, there are several classes that I do a crossword in.  Sometimes the material being given by the professor isn't dense enough to merit full attention, and so a crossword allows me to stay engaged.

The IM and websurfing are just a high tech version of that, I guess.

lexylit

Re: Visiting Schools
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2004, 10:11:11 AM »
i think some schools might care a little, but some absolutely won't. i've visited stanford, bc, harvard, and penn (not solely for the sake of visiting, but because i have friends in those cities i was visiting anyway). they varied pretty widely in terms of who was friendly and warm and wanted me to meet people and clearly took note of that fact that i was there, vs. who could not have cared less that i sat through an info session and tour and stayed over.

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Re: Visiting Schools
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2004, 11:32:50 AM »
yeah, but you haven't visited Duke yet

lexylit

Re: Visiting Schools
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2004, 11:47:14 AM »
don't worry angel i will  :-*

Re: Visiting Schools
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2004, 11:50:15 AM »
The admissions people at George Mason were not very friendly and they were definitely on their high horse.  When the lady handed me their admitted applicant profile for 2004, I immediately asked her about the huge difference between in state/out of state students admitted.  Their percentages were something like 38% in state, 62% out of state.  

I stated that it seemed rather strange that the only Virginia state school accepted so many out of state applicants.  It really pissed me off.  She went on some long tangent about how they get a lot of applicants from middle America because it is a conservative school and blah blah blah....

Regardless, I know a lot of people IN STATE apply also.  It sort of left a bad taste in my mouth.

In contrast, the admissions people at Catholic and the professor I met were very helpful and friendly.

Re: Visiting Schools
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2004, 01:06:47 PM »
To be fair, there are several classes that I do a crossword in.  Sometimes the material being given by the professor isn't dense enough to merit full attention, and so a crossword allows me to stay engaged.

The IM and websurfing are just a high tech version of that, I guess.

I surfed the web all the time in my MBA classes; thank god for wireless networks! Some of the lecture material was just so mind-numbingly boring and it was the only way i could keep awake.