Anyone in this situation?
My #1 choice right now is the best place for me on paper. The cost is right, the faculty is outstanding, they have a great curriculum in my speciality, they place well locally, the legal community supports the school well, and I already live here so wouldn't have to move, etc.
Here's the problem: I'm just not excited about going there.
The main reason? The administration (not faculty) is really mediocre and I don't get the sense that they really care about the students. A couple of examples:
1. OCI: The job market is really strong in my city because it is a high growth market. Therefore, the school doesn't really do a lot of OCI or career placement because they don't really have to. I worry, though, that this market will get saturated over the next 3 years and the career services people will still have their head in the clouds and not working to insure that the degree remains viable in the the workplace. Meanwhile, other schools I am considering assign you a career counselor your first semester who you meet with regularly to talk about your career plans and formulate a strategy for you to get the perfect job plus they actively sell the school to the hiring partners in multiple markets so that you have many options when you graduate.
2. Admissions/Financial Aid: They didn't even acknowledge that they received my seat deposit! I had to call them to confirm that they got my check. Throughout the admissions process, after I had been admitted, I did not hear one word from them. Questions about financial aid/scholarships were returned with vague answers like you would expect from a car salesman. Meanwhile, other schools followed up with personal calls and emails after I was admitted and after I sent my seat deposit and were very helpful with any questions I had.
3. Academic Support: The Dean of Academic Support told me a story about a student who is going to flunk out of the school and how she had to unfortunately break the news to her. Meanwhile, other schools I am considering all said "We don't want you to flunk out. We have an extensive support network if you're in trouble and all of the professors are proactive about getting you help if they think you need it. We want you to be a good attorney!" How did the Dean let it get to that point with that student???
4. Student Life: The school only does minimal things in the realm of student life. Accordingly, most all of the students just go home after class and don't socialize with each other at all besides their study groups. Meanwhile, the other schools I am considering go out of their way to make sure you get a breather from law school and host weekly "bar reviews", quarterly catered parties, annual formals, etc.
Now, the other 2 schools I am considering have drawbacks, too, such as the pain of relocating, tough hiring markets, the expense (one of the schools would be double the cost), etc. but I'm almost to the point of being willing to accept that stuff to go to a school that actually cares about me.
Am I being off-base here? I know I would get a good legal education at this school but it is the other intangibles that worry me a lot. Will I be miserable all 3 years, what happens if I get into academic trouble, what happens if the legal market gets tight, etc.
I am going to address these concerns with the school but in the meantime I'd love to hear what you think.Sorry about being vague about the specific school, just worried that they are trolling around here.