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I didn't get to stay for the whole time (I had to go midway through Friday), but I was very, VERY impressed. I thought the program seemed pretty well-run (admittedly, I haven't been to many of these things), and most of the things on the agenda were very helpful. I was really surprised at how thoughtful the opening remarks were. That first dean who spoke (don't remember his name) seemed really passionate about the school and the law program, and really framed D.C. as an amazing place to study law and start a career. He also talked about the students, who he said would be cool (not his words).
The class that my group sat in on was a contracts class, and the professor was wearing a spiderman tie.
I didn't see anyone get picked apart, but the prof was definitely cold-calling. It didn't seem like a super-competitive atmosphere. The kid I talked to in the class said that a lot of kids study in a way that leaves time for going out at night and having a good time, which I liked.
We had a career panel next, where a bunch of kids talked about the jobs they got. I felt kind of lukewarm about this, but I'm sure it was helpful to a bunch of people. It definitely illuminated the possibilities available living in DC, which was a main selling point for GW. After the panel, they brought us over to a nice catered lunch in a big student center ballroom. They made sure to mix up the seating arrangement, so that at each table at least a few seats were reserved for faculty and students. I was sitting at the table with one of the deans, and I had a burning question for him about the reapplication process. He was sitting at the opposite end of the table from me, engaged in conversation with another girl, but I caught him as he was getting up. He was extremely gracious with his time and pulled up a chair next to me, answering all of my questions very honestly and sincerely.
Leaving lunch, I thought the lecture/discussion with the two law professors about their views on ethical responsiblity would be boring and useless, but I was SO impressed with Professor Butler. I thought he was extremely well-spoken and had a compelling argument (although I disagree with it) that blacks should not become prosecutors to avoid using an unjust legal system to put other black people in jail. I was also moved by the relationship he had with that one black student who was becoming a prosecutor--I liked the fact that we saw an example of such a student-prof bond.
I wasn't all that impressed with the inside of the law building--the facilities upstairs didn't seem all that nice to me, but most of the lounges where kids were hanging out were pleasant enough.
I had to leave before all of the social events, but they sounded like fun!
Overall, GW knew exactly how to sell the school--mainly: WE ARE IN F*CKING DC. I left no longer able to convince myself that I'd have the same school-year opportunities at Cornell that I would at GW. It seems that a lot of students do internships during the school year, which is great news for someone like me who isn't completely sure what kind of job she wants to have. I like the idea of not being limited to summers when it comes to exploring career options. I also really like the atmosphere--very non-competitive, didn't seem that stressful...my fears about starting law school kind of calmed down seeing everything.
It was great to meet the other admitted kids! I don't think I met any LSD-ers, though!
Anybody sure they're going after that weekend?