« on: March 31, 2009, 03:15:05 PM »
A couple of questions for the Emory folk...
Sounds like you all really enjoy your classmates (for the most part). How diverse is the student body in terms of age? Are most students under 25? How much company would I have as a 30 yr old?
Also - how many students at Emory are married? How many are parents?
To answer your general question, I tend to think of Emory as a "younger" school, however, being an older student myself (30+), I don't find too much of a problem making friends based solely on my age. I tend to find that I don't have much in common with my fellow students, however, I would have had that same problem 10 years ago. That being said, I don't feel ostracized or out of place. I might feel more at home with my classmates than I would with the population at large, mostly because everyone is smart and at least somewhat interesting.
I will say that I feel sometimes like my age gives me a different perspective on life and school in general. I don't study more than younger students, but I might study more efficiently (in a quiet area, no music, no facebook, etc.) I tend not to get as nervous for interviews. If things don't turn out perfectly, I don't think its the end of the world. There is more to life than law school. Being older will give you a different perspective. However, if you are decent human being to people, they will be decent back. If someone is a jerk because you are older/married/a parent, let them be a jerk and just ignore them.
I think here, as with most law schools, most of the planned social activities revolve around going to bars. Going to bars is generally a single person's activity. If you are married with kids, family tends to take priority over hanging out getting blasted in a smokey room.
GSU is older than here. Part of that is they have a night program which attracts more older/2d career types. Very few people here at Emory are on a 2d career. (they might have work experience, but not career experience, there is a difference).