« on: April 10, 2006, 10:41:36 AM »
So here's a somewhat obnoxious but honest question. Between W&M and W&L, I'm leaning toward W&L - even though it is going to cost me tens of thousands of dollars more (and yes, I'm supporting myself completely on my own) and I don't drive - because I love the size, and because I already feel so welcome and positive there (especially in comparison to W&M, where my visit was pretty impersonal, and the Director of Admissions doesn't return my emails, etc etc)....My concern? I'm liberal. I'm not a soapboxer or anything, but I'm wondering how frustrating it is going to be to hang out and go to class every day in a place where almost everyone is white and almost everyone is southern and conservative. Again, I really enjoyed my visit there, but I definitely noticed glaring differences between how students and professors spoke about women (during a mock client-attorney clinic, a male-female co-counsel interviewed a male client and the woman literally didnt get to speak at all -- the male client wouldnt even acknowledge her) and couples ("man and woman", "boys and girls" -- like no kidding -- I've been working in nyc biglaw for 2 years -- you would never hear something so politically incorrect!! And that was during a W&L mock oral argument...oh my) -- anyway -- Yeah, I mean, everyone was really nice to me, but in addition to -- "You actually want to come here?? But you're from New York!!" and explaining that during my undergraduate years I was president of the Tufts Feminist Alliance -- okay, I just felt a little alienated. Nobody said ANYTHING offensive, but again, I was there for all of a day or two. I'm just looking for some honest opinions about how this all plays out in the actual experience of a W&L law student? Can anyone help? Again, I'm playing devil's advocate to myself -- I just want to get rid of my last inklings that I'm making a poor decision -- Thanks!