Thanks for your comments. I have found that it is really difficult to get a sense of a school as a whole at ASW, especially one as carefully organized as Minnesota's. There just didn't seem to a lot of time for mingling with current students, faculty, and staff, so I think that the perspective students spent a lot of time talking to each other. So, thanks for the insider perspective.
I know that I won't have to deal with admissions once I get to law school, but when everything is uncertain, you have questions, and you need to make decisions, I think that the admissions office has a lot of influence. For anyone who is interested, I did manage to contact financial aid at Minnesota about reciprocity tuition and was told that it should be the same as in-state and that the admissions office had made an error in the total (and in the amount of my Ford loans), so I am glad that I got that cleared up.
The above comments on public interest were useful as well. The student who gave my tour said that she didn't really know about how one got such jobs, but supposed that career services would help, which sounded really vague to me. And the career services person made a big deal of Minnesota's growing private practice/big law numbers, so it made me wonder...
Also, the full scholarship at other local schools comment was from the director of admissions. Even if it is true, it seemed a little pretentious at the time.
So, there are some of you who were at ASW this weekend, yes? Let's hear your impressions...
I realize I’m very late on this – but I was there and I enjoyed it.
ASW made the decision for me. It was my first time in Minneapolis and I was impressed.
One thing that seemed fishy was how little the ASW students commented on the workload. It was, “The professors are very friendly, the students are not competitive like they are at other schools, collegiality...”
Which, if true, would be great!
I didn’t have a problem with not seeing more classrooms… I mean, we were in one for a good deal of the time. I assume that they are all very similar? I came early on Friday and poked around the school, so I guess I saw them already…
I just wish the Starbucks was closer...but I ran into a coffee place in what I think was a tunnel? Maybe I'm confused.
And I also felt like the baby of the group. I think I was the only prospective at ASW (at least of the people I met!) that was still in college.