« on: June 02, 2004, 12:04:00 PM »
Thanks for the links. Of course I can't comment on whether these statements are true or not because I haven't gone to Hastings...yet. But, I will say I have read a lot of books on law school and talked to a lot of people. A lot of these statements on the quality of Hastings' education ring true for most law schools. I think the heart of the matter is that a lot of people get to law school and realize they hate it...plain and simple. From that point, everything loses its luster. I work in a realm right now where I often work w/ attorneys and the eventual goal at my company is to work w/ attorneys. I know what they do, because I talk to them a lot, and I get the biz. For those folks going to law school because they were moved my Tom Cruise's speeches in A Few Good Men, law school can often me a miserable surprise. I don't really see that happening to me.
There was a girl in my Kaplan LSAT course who said she didn't like the Reading Comp section because she doesn't like to read. I *&^% you not. What the F*CK!!! is all I can say. Law is often boring, tedious, and dense. If you get to law school and hate it, suddenly you focus on the bad things at the expense of the good things.
I don't deny that there are downsides to Hastings. It sucks there is no undergrad and it stands alone. It kind of sucks that it is in the Tenderloin. But, perhaps, while staring at the poverty day in and day out, we will be reminded why we are there and the importance of good lawyers.
San Francisco is a very in-your-face city in general. You can't go to any touristy spot w/o passing several homeless people. Large urban place...large urban problems.
I guess what I take away from these essays is that
1) Hastings is competitive...gotta compete w/ Stanford and Boalt
2) If you want to, you can get a great legal education.
3) Hastings can make you a great lawyer. Being competitive will soon be as natural as eating.
4) San Fran rocks...I knew that already.