« on: April 14, 2006, 11:28:08 AM »
Great review, badmammajamma (and I like your microsoft-paint art, too). I'll try to amplify some of your points.
The phrase "everybody knows your name" came up a couple of times as 1Ls and faculty tried to explain the environment at YLS--and it's totally true. By the second time I was in the law school, Dean Thompson knew me by face. Students I met my first night there would smile and check up on me throughout the rest of the weekend when I ran into them in the halls. A word that was used a lot (another admitted student said she was actually sick of hearing the term) was "intimate" and that was accurate in my experience. For better or worse, everyone knows your name--and is likely to know your business. I'm actually OK with that, but there it is.
I met tons of 1Ls that I loved. I attended just about every social event possible (w/ the notable exception of Bottega. sad.) and at moments when there was no way that people were talking were trotting out talking points or in recruitment mode, I heard about profs at Yale who helped their students out by picking up the phone and making a 1L summer job happen. "Picking up the phone" was another repeated phrase. Every single first year will have a summer job. If anything, I'm a bit anxious about having the imagination to find an interesting, you-could-only-have-done-it-at-yale first summer job.
The architecture is impressive--but it also has a sense of humor. The sculpture right above the two doors at the law school, e.g., have students snoozing as their tutor jabbers on on one side and judges snoozing as a lawyer makes his case on the the other.
Dean Koh rules. (OK, that's not an amplification, just agreeing with you.)
There are certainly parts of NH that feel depressed, where you need to be careful at odd hours when alone. These places, however, are not in the "grad ghetto" which is an ironic nickname that grad students give what is a residential neighborhood full of Victorians. (GG's real name is the Science Hill/East Rock area, for those who are looking for housing.) For some reason, word had gotten around among the admitted students that it's unsafe (probably because of the name). As actual New Haven residents will tell you, the grad ghetto is out of the question for some, but only insofar as it's a good 15 min walk from there to the law school. The 15 minute walk is a good trade-off for the amount & quality of house you get for your money, in my opinion, so I'll be there next year for sure.
So yeah, what badmammajamma said. It was awesome.