A few years back, I remember saying that I would love to live in Columbus. This was before I was planning on going to law school. After visiting the Moritz College of Law, I felt the same way. There are so many sections of the city, that you literally feel like you're in a different town heading north, west, south, east, or whatever.
The school itself was a nice-looking, if older, building. I didn't take any pictures inside, but there were several parts that were remodeled nicely, and the Woodside Moot Courtroom was beautiful, but I don't have any pictures of it. Here is a picture of the outside:
I sat in a class where an older guy taught. He never called on students unless they had hands raised with questions. I don't know if it was a relaxed class because it was Friday, but it was not intimidating at all. More like an undergrad class.
The admissions guy I talked to had just graduated from OSU and found out that he passed the bar that day. So he had some really current insights for me. One thing I asked was how competitive the school is. He said he was surprised himself, but the atmosphere is not very competitive at all, and it's been pretty collaborative.
I was wandering the school by myself and a 2L stopped me and introduced herself and asked me if she could answer any of my questions. I thought that was really cool, and possibly indicative of the student body as a whole!
The library was great. It was notable that it's the largest law library in Ohio. They had tons of volumes, including state appellate reporters and all of the other state reporters. I realize that most research is done on computers nowadays, but sometimes I just need a book to go to. Upstairs there were cubbies that you could rent for a year and they're yours to use for study. It looked like students had moved in with pictures posted and everything.
There were, of course, computer labs in the library, and printing is 5¢ per page. I'm not sure if there was an allowance...
I didn't really wander on the OSU campus, but there is everything you could need right by the law school: parking, shops, the book store, food, even housing. The South Campus Gateway is like a rebuilt section of town just for students, and even great housing. From what the adviser told me, 85% of rooms are reserved for law students. That would be sweet. He said, "Students live there like students shouldn't be living!" They also have their own parking, and are within walking distance of the law school. I didn't stop by the leasing office, so I don't know about costs.
There is also housing available at The Commons on Kinnear. This place has free Internet, work out center, swimming pool, tanning, movie room, etc. The rooms are fully furnished and have washers and dryers. This is definitely somewhere that I'd like to stay, especially since I still live at home! You can take the bus right from there to campus, a free ride with an OSU card.
Even though everything I have to say is nice, I thought I'd wait a bit to post my review of the school. This was and is definitely one of my top choices. Now that I'm in, I'll post it!