« on: March 15, 2007, 07:33:46 PM »
I couldn't make an ASW and Cornell is my first choice, so I figured I'd wander up there over my break. I called at 9:00am on Thursday asking them to set me up with a tour for the same day and the admissions office happily obliged. It was me, a guide and some girl from Nebraska. So, they were flexible and helped a brother out when he forgot to call to schedule an appointment.
First impression: The law school is just that, one building on campus that houses the law students. The school is connected to the law dorms (a giant plus if you want to live on campus, you wouldn't even have to get dressed to go to class.) Moreover, the architecture of the library and the older part of the building is really nice. I also was pleased that the admissions office could scare up a tour guide for me when I called an hour before I showed up. Cornell seems geared towards biglaw. The girl who walked me around was going to work at Watchell (I believe she said) and I got the impression most others were going to do the same.
Sat in on a class, Property: One obnoxious gunner. The prof was very good; I started to understand what he was talking about halfway through the class. Cornell spoofs the wireless internet so you canít surf through class, but I only saw one guy resort to playing hearts. I probably wouldn't have gone that far. Seemed interesting and I would like to take a course or two with the Prof I watched (can I remember his name...of course not).
Paring in Ithaca sucks. I don't know if I had bad timing or what, but I had to park in a garage on the other side of campus from the law school (this is probably more a function of me not knowing where I'm going). Downtown really blows. I wanted to grab a burger and watch a little bit of the tournament, but I had a hard time finding a place. The meters are 25cents every 15 minutes or a buck an hour. Not terrible if you are running errands, but really bad if you want to catch a buzz and watch Louisville roll. However, the area seems really nice. I've hung out in Ithaca before and if you have a place to park your car, the nightlife is very good.
All in all, Cornell is my #1 choice. Parking does not outweigh the quality of facilities and instructors I saw during my visit.