I have already submitted my application to American but I'm not sure I'm still interested in the school. Maybe you can change my mind! I would like to go into international law, so it's good to see that American is top 5 in that area.
1. Is American in a safe part of DC?
2. What kind of housing is available around campus? Any on campus housing?
3. What's your opinion on diversity at your school?
4. I see you've only been there 3 months but have you heard from 2/3Ls about the career services? Anything bad?
5. How good are the facilities? (Library, law library, class rooms, on campus eateries, etc)
6. Again, you've only been there 3 months but how's the curve?
1. Yes! American is in probably one of the safest areas in all of DC. DC isn't bad, aside from the SE District that you will rarely ever venture to. WCL is located, for all intents and purposes, in the Bethsda/Chevy Chase area. It's away from all of the hustle and bustle of DC, and nestled in a really nice neighborhood. Right behind the school is a neighbor, Tenley Park, which is very nice and charming. Across from the school are some small shops and a STARBUCKS!
2. I'm not absolutely sure about the on-campus housing, but it was never anything I was interested in. Like I said in a previous post, there is an abundance of housing in the DC area. Housing can be generally very expensive, but WCL has a housing conference in July that really helps you a) meet people for potential room-mates from the school and b) find a place to live. Craigslist is pretty much the way to go. Some people used realtors.
There's just about anything you're looking for in DC, and it all depends on the price you're wanting to pay. Parking is a commodity in DC, so if you're bringing a car, expect to pay a good dollar for it. The school itself has a 3 level parking garage under the school, although it's not available to 1Ls unless you are PT. Apartments are generally going to be more expensive than rental properties, but they have their obvious advantages in maintenance, utilities - etc. If you're looking to save a bit of money on rent, then commuting in from Bethesda, MD or Alexandria, VA is your way to go. You may be looking at about 45min-1hr of travel time, but the metros are clean and easily accessible going to and from the school (shuttle).
3. Well, the diversity at WCL, and I'm sure any DC school, is quite high. My section, which is approx. 100 students, is very diverse. We have people from all walks of life, religion, origin, race, age, educational background, work background --- you name it.
4. I'm not sure if you're asking about the WCL Career Services Department or career placement coming from WCL. From what I know of the OCPD (Office of Career and Professional Development), they are extremely helpful to get you out there, but like any law school, you need to have the resume to back yourself up. As far as career placement; I know very few 3Ls, a few 2Ls, but about 10-15 alumnus of WCL. Many of them work in Medium Sized Law Firms. I know 2-3 that were in BIGLAW and decided to downsize to something more time-managable.
5. The facilities are pretty top-notch IMO. The library is very nice, roomy, and plenty of space to get away to a quiet corner if you need it. The classrooms are modernized, with mics set up to amplify when people around the room are talking. I know SOME professors podcast or video record their lectures. Some put them up, and some will send them to you if you request. We have a very nice cafeteria on the 6th floor. Every day there is pizza, salad bar, sandwich bar, ice cream...and a new entree every day. I normally eat before I come to school, or I hit up the salad bar, but it all looks like above average cafeteria food.
6. The curve...well I can't give you a definitive answer about that. I'm sure I'll let you know after finals in a month!