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« on: September 12, 2007, 08:40:14 PM »
Help me out here.
I visited Notre Dame's law school campus earlier this month and thought other people might be interested in hearing about it. It was a great experience, and the people at ND are quite friendly and helpful.
I apologize in advance for the terrible photography. I'm an econ major, not an artist. The pictures aren't as small as they seem, either. If you right click them and do view image you can see them in glorious 500x375 resolution.
The law building itself is amazingly gorgeous. My wife said "it looks like Hogwarts!" as we drove up to it. I don't know about that, but it's definitely pretty.
The Notre Dame law building is currently in kind of a state of flux. They're building another building that's basically the exact size of the current building, and connecting them with a promenade. This will effectively double the physical plant of the law school. The admissions dean I talked to said that they're not going to be increasing the class size at all, so it's going to be twice as much space for the same number of people.
The current building is going to be devoted entirely to expanding the library. The new building is going to be classrooms and offices.
The stairs going up to the law library. It's a terrible picture because I'm a terrible photographer, but it's really majestic.
The interior of the law library. It looks like the inside of a church. 1Ls study at the tables on the ground floor. 2Ls and 3Ls are assigned their own carrels that you can see on the balcony overlooking the first floor. There's a computer lab upstairs.
This is the law lounge in the basement. It's a big common area basically for law students to kill time between classes. There's a little cafe in the corner that makes lunch and dinner. My tour guide said it's cheap, but I didn't press him on that. There are some computers set up for e-mail access if you need them in a corner.
The pennants on the ceiling represent the undergrad schools of everyone who's attended Notre Dame Law School. If you're the first from your school you get to hang your own pennant. I thought that was interesting, but who knows.
They hold mass in the lounge every Sunday if you're Catholic. The chapel is just too small. My tour guide said there are 180 masses on campus every day. I don't know if he misspoke or what because that seems like a whole lot.
I don't know why I took these pictures because they are completely unremarkable, but everyone gets their own locker and their own mailbox. My guide said the mailboxes are useless but the locker is a lifesaver.
Finally, this is the Fischer apartment complex. It's the nicer of the two on-campus housing options. O'Hara-Grace is older, cheaper, and dumpier. I've lived in worse places, though, O'Hara-Grace was hardly a slum or anything.
Things I didn't get to take a picture of because they were locked by the time I found my camera:
-Mock courtroom (very cool)
-1L classrooms (huge; there are two and each seats 100; a little bit outdated but overall not bad)
-2L/3L classrooms (small, more intimate than the 1L classrooms, nothing particularly remarkable)
-Chapel (incredibly tiny; always unlocked, but I forgot about it)
Random pictures of the campus:
Giant graveyard as you turn onto campus that caught me completely unaware and creeped me out despite being very pretty (seriously, Notre Dame, mention the giant cemetery somewhere on the map):
All in all it was a very positive experience. South Bend is really, really boring, though, and the campus and city both lack diversity. I was warned of as much before I went there, but decided to go anyway.
The current state of the law building is a little cramped, but this giant expansion they're undergoing is supposed to be ready by 2009, so applicants this cycle would get to use it in their 2L and 3L years. It seems like they're working hard to make sure the new building is going to be very nice, and I think it's going to be great.