« on: November 08, 2007, 05:26:17 PM »
1. What is the social life like among Emory 1Ls?
I would say, in general, it is pretty good. What surprised me a little was that cliques seemed to form during orientation, or even BEFORE orientation. However, with a few exceptions, most people seem to be nice and willing to hang out. I'm also older than most of the students here (30), and I don't really feel left out or anything. There are a few "snotty" people and a few "loner" types, but for the most part, everyone is nice and everyone is friendly.
2. How do you enjoy the professors? Are they aloof, or do they have genuine caring.
Well, I will first say this: when I told an Emory alum who I had this semester his response was "wow...that's a rough slate." I'm not sure I agree with that. They want you to learn, and they aren't into berating you in class. My toughest prof, who is the most Socratic, is actually a nice person and teaches a class I feel I understand the most. I have one professor is a little weird, but I don't think he is doing that to be a jerk, I just think he is a little weird in general.
3. What is the courseload
We have a class called Legal Methods (not Legal Writing, that is a different one) which is unique to Emory, plus Torts, Contracts, Civ Pro and LWRAP (writing). LM gives us a chance to breathe a little this first year. I hear the exam is a little rough, but it isn't a class you REALLY have to prepare for. The others are pretty typical. I would say, the first 2-3 weeks I was spending about 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour of class time. That went down to 1-2 hours. Now, it is coming back up again because I'm getting ready for exams and fine tuning outlines going to study groups, etc.
4. How much, if any, scholarship dollars did you recieve?
You can check out my LSN, it's all there. I was happy with the money. This year in particular I understand Emory gave out A LOT of money. I've heard rumors that almost 75% of the class has some kind of scholarship.
5. Are the students at Emory as competitive as rumored?
I don't know what the rumors are, but I don't think anyone is particularly competitive. At least not in my section. There are a few exceptions, but I haven't seen anything to make me think people here are competitive at all, at least not with me. I am a strong beliver in share your notes, be a nice person, help other people out as much as you can because in the end, all that matters is how you write your exam.
6. Tell me how your experience in general has been as a 1L.
Not as bad as I thought it would be. I treat it like a job. I'm at school from 8 - 6 M-F and I do some work on the weekends but nothing too extreme. I'm not a huge social butterfly, so the hardest thing I have had to deal with is not having close friends near by. This is not a result of Emory's social scene, it is more a result of me. Most of my friends back home deliver pizzas and play in punk rock bands for a living, not exactly the law school type. I'm more interested in meeting people outside the school anyway, and that has been a little difficult being in a new city.