« on: March 30, 2006, 09:40:24 AM »
I was deferred as well, and offered a PT spot after indicting in my response that I would take either. Judging from law school numbers, I don't think all that many people were offered this option. The PT class is only 120 or so students so there's not much wiggle room there. Note the asst dean kept saying how its frustrating because many of their classrooms hold only 40 students, others only 80, which is why the sections are broken into 40 students each. Its not in their culture to hold classes starting before 9am, so they're pretty stuck if too many accepted students choose to attend, they simply wont have enough seats in the classrooms for them.
At the open house, the school seemed to give a nod to the fact that the evening class consists at least partly of folks who would otherwise have qualified for the day program, and they seem to be attmepting to integrate them some. It felt like PT would have the same opportunities as the FT to me. And sorry, but it did sound like there weren't PT spots left as of right now either but that wasn't explicitly stated.
As a ray of hope, it does seem (on here and on LSN) as though most students have many many acceptances. I myself have 9, and 4 waitlists, so there is the very real possibility that the schools will all have really low yeilds this year, there's just no telling. The dean was working from metrics over the past few years, and he said that last year he predicted yeild to within 4 students (excellent at a 500+ student school). This year, however, he has no idea, but is using the same metrics as he doesn't know what else to do. So sounds like they admitted the same # as last year. If this is true accross the board, wherever your first choice is, if you haven't been rejected yet I'd keep up hope a bit longer.
As far as the open house went, I was very very impressed. I was expecting to give Fordham the once-over and then trot on down to W&L next Fall. But Fordham was so great. The building is huge and nice. The event intself was well coordinated, slightly fancy and smoothly administrated.
The moot courtroom is big and cool, the alumni are impressive and the adjunct faculty are leaders in teir fields, as are the full-time faculty. The clinical programs are just awesome, as are the international opportunities (which I am interested in). There are clubs of every sort, lots of interesting journals, and lots of room in the library. The students are so diverse, of every age race and background that no two people were the same. I like that a lot and feel I could really fit in there. The cafeteria, though reputed to be too expensive w/ terrible food, is cute and was buzzing with students. There's a nice patio outside too which looked like an inviting place to study.
The administration were no nonsense, and seemed able to get things done for you with no huge hastle. Job prospects are great and everyone raved about the career development center. Also, classes are "semesterized", meaning that you'll have all your, say, torts classes 1st semester and a final exam in Dec for that, then your, say, Contracts classes in the spring. Thus, final exams in May dont cover work you did way back in September. They just went over to this system this year and it seems to be working out well. (Legal writing class goes over both semesters though.)
The only holdback for me is that its expensive - the dean said that if you haven't rec'd a merit offer already, the money is already gone, again wait and see what the yeild is like and some $ might open up but dont count on it. and New York is an expensive place to live.
The location is awesome, a couple blocks to central park and right accross from the Lincoln Center. I'd suggest going over there after work or on a lunch break or something and taking a look, it's very cool.
In short, as a big school it offers things that a small school simply cant, and its location in NYC also adds opportunities that Lexington, Va does not.
So I think I'll be biting the big bullet and accepting at Fordham, taking out the massive loans and being greatful.
(That is, unless Va or Mich come through off the waitlist or Texas gets its act together and offers admission to lil ol me.)
Peace all, and good luck.