I agree completely with the lack of "wow" factor. Everything was fine...the law school was fine...the building was fine...Minneapolis was fine. I think I would do very well there and be happy. But I am not totally and completely committed at this point. For me, it looks like it is going to be between Wash U and Minnesota, though I am worried about the lack of support for people looking for government jobs from the U (whereas Wash U includes gov. jobs in its loan repayment program). I was the one who asked the question about it at the round table, and I kind of felt like the career services guy dodged the question. Plus, I e-mailed one of the clinical professors today, and his response was that, essential, that people suck it up and are poor. Not very reassuring.
But enough about my issues: any other impressions?
i would think that a state school would have much better connections to actually getting the government jobs, but thats just a thought.....
I was there this saturday, but couldnt make it friday. I had actually visited the school before and was more impressed by the building this time around, i was real dissapointed the first time. I was pleased to see the ample parking that i didnt notice the first time (at not to high of a cost), i know its a small thing, but in minnesota parking close to the building is nice.
At fist i was angry about the laptop program, but thinking about it more it isnt that bad, and they pre install all the software so you are on the same page as all your classmates tech wise, and everything is completly designed for your computer. Plus you can print to a printer anywhere in the building at any time.
I thought the roundtable was stupid cause they are never going to tell you the whole truth, but i did like the two profs and the administrators who talked, and the fact that apps were up 30% may lead to a long term improvment in the schools reputation.
I also was impressed by how friendly people were, i felt pretty comfortable there.
As for the city as someone whose lived in minneapolis and bigger cities i promise that the twin cities has tons of stuff to do in it and is more than enough fun. Its also much nicer other times of the year, and march usually isnt that lousy weather wise.
i think im going to do a little more research on my own on placement on the west coast, but besides that im sold....plus its going to cost me almost $100k less than some of my other options