Oh yup I have some questions...
1. What's the atmosphere like...very competitive during 1L? Or more supportive?
2. Is there a lot of inter-mingling with the undergrads or do law students tend to be more isolated (i.e. is the whole football culture big among the grad students)?
3. What's your take on AA? Was it what you expected...better...worse?
4. How are the professors in terms of approachability?
5. Will I get in?
6. What kinds of options do 1Ls have for summer employment?
That's a lot of haphazard questions, so answer whatever you would like--and you don't have to comment on #5, but a "good luck" would certainly be appreciated.
1. I don't feel that it's competitive in a bad way at all - people here want to do well, but I've never had a problem where I thought someone was too competitive or a jackass or something. I've always been able to get notes if I missed class or a meeting, and actually just yesterday I was complaining about the legal practice memo we have due tomorrow, and friends from my LP section were offering to help me with figuring out which cases to use and stuff. People widely forward outlines that they get from older students, and we compare strategies for studying and share tips that older students have given us.
2. Law students do like to go to football games and we have our own tailgates and stuff, but I don't think there is much intermingling with undergrads, in fact I try to avoid undergrads if at all possible because they tend to be pretty, well, undergrad-ish.
3. I like AA a lot - I live in a great area, there is lots of good and cheap food around, lots of fun places to go out, and I like that most of the time when I go out I tend to run into other law students which is great. The best parts of AA are the Michigan Theatre, and Zingerman's. Worst things: Today it was really cold! But that's really my only complaint about AA so far.
4. I love my professors and they are very approachable, actually this week a friend and I are having coffee with our Crim Law prof, and next week we're having lunch with our Contracts prof! I think just about everyone in my contracts class has had lunch with our prof, in fact, I think if you do it early enough in the semester the school will pay for it.
5. Good luck!
6. We just had a summer job meeting last week - basically you can do anything - go abroad, do nonprofit stuff with an SFF grant (which pays you to do nonprofit work in the summer), go for a firm job (which is what I'm probably doing), work for a judge, assist a prof and stay in AA, etc., etc. A lot of people plan on doing public interest stuff or going abroad since it may be the last chance they have to do that for a while, if they are planning on doing firm stuff as a career after law school.