« on: March 26, 2006, 04:20:58 PM »
Just got back from Duke. My thoughts:
- Yes, there are some tools there; but that said, there will be tools at every law school. For the first several hours of my visit, I met dozens of admitted and current students... and could not really picture myself hanging out with any of them. The two cool people I met were both 30+ and married. Odd. Saturday night, I finally met some cool 1Ls and hung out at a bar closer to Chapel Hill. Good times. Duke seems to have a pretty decent mix of people--- the nerdy, the corporate, the humanitarian, etc.
- Everybody I met was genuinely happy to be at Duke. The athmosphere seems incredibly friendly. Nobody seemed very competitive. Duke does not rank--- nice to know.
- Through a series of dinners, receptions, and 'get to know Duke' events (for admitted students in general, and through the Black Law Students Association), I have become convinced that Duke has an INCREDIBLE amount of resources. Period. Public interest? Yes, Duke throws a ton of money in that direction. Summer job at a firm as a 1L? Yes, Duke can do that. Job after you graduate? Where do you want to go and what do you want to do---- Duke can help you get it done. I was incredibly impressed with everything--- the law school building; the deans who actually WANTED to talk to admitted students; the career services; the hospitality.
- The biggest drawback is tha 'bubble' nature of the school. It seems like life at Duke involved only other Duke law students. I asked doxens of kids, "Do you do anything in Durham or know anybody outside of law school?" The overwhelming majority said that they did not really know anybody outside of the law school... and that their involvement in Durham or Raliegh was fairly limited (ie maybe volunteering there once in a while). Case in point: like any other law school that isn't located in a big city, its really hard to have a life outside of the campus.