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Title: Visit to UVA
Post by: !@#$% on October 02, 2004, 05:30:26 PM
Visited UVA yesterday.  I was the only person that showed up for the tour, the student panel, and the admissions information session, so I pretty much had 3 hours of UVA's undivided attention.

As if I didn't already love the place going in, I am now 100% sold.

I seriously doubt that there are any nicer law school facilities anywhere in the country.  It's beautiful, inside and out.  Each student gets a locker and a mailbox.

Charlottesville is great, too, but I've already lived there for 4 years so they didn't have to sell me on that.

The Student Bar Association has a deal where they will reimburse students for taking professors to lunch.  This is a way of encouraging students to get to know their professors outside of class and class-related activities.  Apparently, many students take advantage.

One thing that was reiterated a lot is that while everyone takes the work very seriously, the students get along really well together and enjoy their time at Virginia Law.  This is reflected in the fact that 47% of alumni donate to the school, which is one of the highest percentages in the country. 

UVA's employment statistics for the last several classes shows how good their reputation is nationally.  I think the figure was that 43 cities nationwide have 5 or more UVA grads.  Tons of clerkships as well.

Virginia gets two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: NigerianGrl on October 02, 2004, 05:33:56 PM
hmmmm...not sure what your background is but can you tell us anything about diversity at UVA.
I have always been very intrigued by Thomas Jefferson's school (was acccepted for Undergrad) but I have heard pretty scary things about diversity on its campus.
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: Victor on October 02, 2004, 05:52:50 PM
hmmmm...not sure what your background is but can you tell us anything about diversity at UVA.
I have always been very intrigued by Thomas Jefferson's school (was acccepted for Undergrad) but I have heard pretty scary things about diversity on its campus.

Hey NigerianGrl . . . . come visit the Black Student Law thread:

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,4122.0.html


:)


Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: !@#$% on October 02, 2004, 05:57:59 PM
I have heard pretty scary things about diversity on its campus.

Like what?  

UVA sometimes gets a bad rap for diversity (especially socioeconomically), but I personally don't believe it's entirely deserved.  I went to UVA as an undergrad, and I credit the school with expanding my world view in very big ways.  Most of my good friends there would be considered "diverse:" Asian, black, gay/lesbian, international, etc.  I had a class with Stokely Carmichael's son.  I had friends who came from poor families (one of my roommates' dad went fishing every day when she was a kid so the family would have something to eat for dinner), and friends who came from rich families.  There is definitely a place for everyone.  

The law school has smaller restrictions than the College of Arts and Sciences on the number of in-state students they are required to take.  Because the school is so well-renowned nationally, UVA Law draws students from all over.  

You may also want to ask Mukhia if you can ever find her lurking around.  She went to UVA undergrad as well and may have more to add.
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: DESI on October 02, 2004, 06:03:46 PM
kgd, umm, i'm back.  so what did you think of my schoool?  did your talk with the prof go well?
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: !@#$% on October 02, 2004, 06:06:46 PM
Hey there...I thought you had given up on us!  Emory was great, despite the hurricane.  Thanks so much for your suggestion to talk with Prof. Bederman - he was really awesome in answering all my questions, and gave some great advice.

Plus I love Atlanta!

UVA is my first choice, but Emory is definitely high on my list, I would say even more so after visiting.  I think Emory's admissions office did a much better job at selling the school to prospective students than Duke.
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: DESI on October 02, 2004, 06:09:37 PM
it was really nice meeting you!  i was a bit sleep deprived that day, but i'm glad that prof bederman helped you out.  anyone else that will be visiting Emory can email me for tips.  now make sure you send a follow up email to him (and cc admissions) thanking him for his time.
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: !@#$% on October 02, 2004, 06:13:26 PM
Of course!  I'm trying to write one that will convey sincere appreciation without too much cheese.
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: DESI on October 02, 2004, 06:14:36 PM
speaking of cheese, you missed a bunch of great wine/cheese socials this week.  it seemed like there was alcohol at the LS every day this week for something or the other.
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: !@#$% on October 02, 2004, 06:18:02 PM
Celebrating my departure, eh?  I see how it is.
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: DESI on October 02, 2004, 06:19:40 PM
no, there was a public interest thing - they came by the library and said there was leftover food so I ran there as fast as I could.  and a women's society thing (but I slept thru it). 
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: gobears on October 02, 2004, 07:11:42 PM
Hey thanks for that too kgd2b1!  I just had a quick question, hope that's OK?  Do you know if UVA tends to fill their class early by any chance?  Like people who apply late with solid scores might not be able to get in later (for e.g., I heard this about Michigan)?  I'm not gonna be applying till after I take the Dec LSAT, so I was wondering.  Cool thanks.
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: !@#$% on October 02, 2004, 07:22:17 PM
I am not sure how early they fill the classes.  The admissions person I spoke to said that they had gotten lots of applications already.  You could certainly call and ask.  Also, I don't think it would hurt to go ahead and send in your application in November, and they could start looking at it as soon as your Dec LSAT scores are posted.  Just a thought.  Send an email to lawadmit@virginia.edu.  They've been extremely quick and helpful in responding to questions I've had.
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: gobears on October 02, 2004, 07:29:35 PM
Cool, thanks kgd2b1, that's a good idea.  I'll email them right now. :)
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: !@#$% on October 02, 2004, 07:36:31 PM
Oh, and good luck! ;D
Title: Re: Visit to UVA
Post by: mukhia on October 03, 2004, 10:49:59 PM
Virginia gets two very enthusiastic thumbs up.

I'll play Roeper to kgd's Ebert.

I love UVA and am definitely applying (unless I bomb my LSATs and become too busy peeling egg off my face to apply).  I loved my UVA undergrad experience and am confident V-law experience would be on par. 

Nigerian girl - my close UVA friends are from Trinidad, Lebanon, Mexico, Brazil, India, Germany, Jamaica, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Japan, China, and a smattering of widespread states.  Also, as Kgd mentioned, many of my friends and classmates were from varying socio-economic backgrounds.  Then again, diversity at any school is what you make of it.  I can't speak for the LS scene, but am sure it's comparable.  What scary things did you hear?  I'm curious.  PM me if you like.

PS - all of you Cville-haters who claim it's a small town, bla bla - it'll knock your socks off if you know the places to go and people to see...


PPS - very jealous that Kgd and Desi met up without me