« on: April 05, 2009, 04:14:42 PM »
In regards to library construction, I don't really have any information on that. In fact, this is something that has been frustrating me as well. From time to time you hear mention of this new library and facilities renovation planned for the future, but I have not had any direct source confirmation. Like you, I am incredibly interested in the design for my own architectural interest. One student on TLS (or some other blog) had said it was going to be designed by the guy that designed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame... but that too has yet to be confirmed by anyone. Although, the spoke nothing of these future plans, I can't complain too much because I didn't ask.
My interaction with other visitors was, unfortunately, fairly limited for several reasons. There seemed to be a very introspective atmosphere during the ASD, possibly because a majority of the visitors are still undecided and were thinking quite a bit about what was being said. The second reason, and perhaps I was the only one that felt this way, but a large number (at least 80%) brought parents along which made it unnecessary for anyone to meet new people because they already had someone to share their feelings with throughout the event. While I do understand that for some it seemed logical to bring your parents to the ASD, I chose not to for several reasons: this is my decision 100%, I am funding this by myself, and I knew that if I brought them I wouldn't meet new people. I guess I expected others to do the same, and perhaps I was wrong in expecting more of a social atmosphere that really is more appropriate at orientation. I don't think the lack of interaction should give the impression that it will be a particularly unsocial class, but rather that they are a very thoughtful group of people, serious about making the right decision and still on the fence at this point. In the end I did meet this awesome girl from Virginia who came alone as well and was also interested in International Law and a dual degree at Maxwell. We exchanged email addresses and are going to let each other know our decision.
The weirdest vibe was during the question and answer sessions. I had very specific international law questions, and I've been emailing that department quite a bit, so I really didn't have that many general questions that would be appropriate for these sessions. Unfortunately, others seemed to have the same problem so there were more awkward silences then I think the faculty, staff, and student presenters had expected. This is either because people were too nervous to speak in public, or had done their homework and didn't have that many questions.
While I was not able to get a good grasp on the vibe of the future 1L class, I was able to get a great vibe from the current students. EVERYONE that we met was really helpful and friendly, more importantly these students weren't all "Student Ambassadors" who basically make it their job to act that way, these were all people that genuinely like the school and wanted to share that. As expected, the 1Ls all looked slightly disheveled and tired, the 2Ls were a bit better, and the 3Ls all looked like professionals. We sat in on a 1L Property Law class, which was way more interesting than I thought in part because of the teacher and also because of the case they chose (something about a will dispute) for their midterm that they were going over. The woman that taught it was so direct and to the point, dragging the facts out of people and rarely giving them the answer, while adding a little humor from time to time. The students had a whole range of outfits, from casual to business casual, but I didn't see any pajamas. Everyone was on Facebook when the class started (hilarious), but they minimized the window when the professor began to speak. Those that dared distract themselves with it were later called on and humiliated a little with some humor. Overall, the idea of a friendly and fun community (something Syracuse claims sets them apart from a lot of the other law schools) was proven. One student said that there is some competition, but that it is all placed inwards..."students compete with themselves more than each other," she noted the plethora of study groups people form and how they even help each other finish midterms and finals.