« on: April 08, 2007, 06:11:38 PM »
Well, people have been asking for one, and I'll try and do a fairly brief description, chronologically.
8:15 - Registration and welcome
Why do law schools insist on starting their admitted students day at 8? Anyway, I met a few guys from LSD during this time. There was a sort of brief Welcome by the dean and admissions dean. Pretty standard stuff, but -- and this seems to be a theme revisited often during the day -- they did stress how unusual the cold weather was. I think they really hoped to impress the northerners with beautiful spring days and the like.
9:10 - Law School 101
This was basically a mock class. I have a feel it was fairly dumbed down because all of the participants were prospective students. At the end he also gave a brief speech about the law school. I found the professor engaging, and I think he was by far the most impressive of the speakers we had that day. Also, one girl raised her hand to ask what we should read and study to get prepared for law school. As Captain Longshot whispered, "there's a gunner waiting to happen." In general I got a general vibe that the law school and the prospective students were more competitive than I did at William and Mary.
10:00 - Financing a Legal Education
For the most part a boring waste of time that would have been better handled by an optional session like the one that W&M held. For most people, this isn't the first time they're going to deal with student loans, and they've already heavily considered how they'll finance it. The expense sheet was nice though.
10:45 - Small Group Sessions with Emory Law Professors and Prospective Students
We all broke into a bunch of small (maybe 6-12 students each) and went to various classrooms with professors. Mine was a very nice lady who heads the Child Clinic (I forget its official name). The only unfortunate part of this was that they had separated by interest, and I somehow ended up with people interested in public interest. I found this interesting, but probably not as personally useful as it might have been. Still, she did discuss the clinics, and they do seem to offer hands on experience. They're only available to 2Ls and 3Ls.
Noon - Lunch
Barbeque. I'm a Texas snob, so I'll preface this by saying I look down on Georgian BBQ on principal. But the barbeque was only adequate. They also had us sitting outside in a tented area which would have been very pleasant if it had been warm. I did meet a student who I don't think was very involved with the organization of the event, and his perspective was fairly interesting. He's a 3L with a job at a Biglaw firm (incidentally one that my dad used to work for). He did both Law Review and mock trial , and basically said he thought Law Review was absolutely and totally worthless other than to put on a resume. Mock trial on the other hand, he seems to have loved.
1:00 - Alumni Presentation
This was a bizarre event. It was four alumni, two graduates in something like '75 one of whom is a Judge. One was a '93 and the DA for the county that Emory is in. And one was a '03 grad and worked at a big firm. Actually, this event would have been fine except for the Judge. He wanted to talk a lot, and I think he's focused on a bygone era. Or something. Many questions posed would have been best answered by the recent graduate, but because he decided he deserved to speak, he took the floor. He also suggested watching the "Paper Chase" because that's what law school is like to which the '03 grad nodded his head vigorously "no." Again, this was a pretty weird pannel that didn't do much to sell the school for me. In an otherwise pretty good -- if not sometimes boring -- day, this was the low point.
1:45 - Current Students
This was pretty good. It was mostly a question and answer thing, and they had a pretty wide range of students up there representing law review, moot court, Black law student association (i'm not sure what it's officially called, they used an acronym), hispanic law student association, 1Ls, 2Ls, a 3L and an MBA/JD joint degree student in his fourth year. I can't really think of any stand-out moments of this, but I generally got a good feeling from them. Maybe someone else who was there could help me out.
2:30 - Tours
The MBA/JD guy toured us around. The law building is nice. For a 30-year-old building I thought it was pretty nice, but someone did ask whether any of the classrooms have windows. They don't. Apparently this doesn't bother anyone though.
Compared to the W&M visit, there were TONS of people studying in the library, the student lounge areas, empty classrooms, etc. Actually, during this time we entered a classroom with a couple of 1Ls studying, and they took the time to talk to us. They were very friendly, but they clearly thought that 1L was a fair amount of work.
3:00 - "Party on Bacardi"
They really, really wanted us to know how warm it was in Atlanta compared to our home cities, so they got an ice cream cart, a DJ, sodas and had the nice court yard area open for prospective students. Only problem was that it was probably 50 degrees outside, tops. Oh well.
That was pretty much my day. I left with a pretty good feeling, although I wasn't blown away. I like Atlanta, and I liked the law school.