I can't promise you guys fireworks at the Emory ASW but you should at least hit some bars around town. Also, if you're nervous about moving to a new town, get to Atlanta by August 1. The parties & get togethers should be in full swing by then.
So what's the deal with the Borat video? Do you know this student?
Also, look at these two posts on TLS:
I have heard criticisms about the school that are weighing on my decision. I have heard from some people that, while the campus is beautiful, the populace at the school is elitist and extremely competitive, even for a law school setting. Whether or not this is actually true I cannot answer, but I believe that's the gist of where he's going. Personally, I have found their Admissions office to be disorganized, although my experience with their Financial Aid office was wonderful. That's all I can really speak for.
I graduated from UGA. However, I don't really have any general Emory bias. Great undergrad, got a lot of friends there, beautiful campus, etc.
However, in regards to the above post, that doesn't even begin to touch it. Outside of the disorganization in the admissions office (granted they have had a key person out on medical leave) and career office issues (don't even get me started), the general atmosphere of the law school makes me the urge to take a shower if I talk about it, get near it, or talk to someone there.
I've got friends there, friends who have been there, etc. The odds are, you can probably get a great education and come out with a good job. That said, you will more than likely be miserable. As I've commented on in other threads, and as other posters have also commented on, the school is cut-throat. This may offend some of you, or all of you, but my view on it is that SOME Emory students are the elitist assholes who wanted to go elsewhere, but weren't able to get in. Others are the students from GA who get in and look down at every one else because they are at Emory. Some how, from what I've heard, this sense of snotty prestige bleeds into the rest of the student body there. Maybe not everyone at first, but there is this sense of competition that sets in that makes me shiver to think about. Ever heard of anyone tearing pages out of books? Any Emory student that is honest with you will have a story about it. Sharing briefs? Ha. Miss a day of class, and you better hope you have a really good friend.
In general, what I was referring to is the atmosphere is intensely competitive. I've never in all of my experience heard of another school where people are more miserable. Intense, unbridled aggresion, with a pattern of rumor-spreading, stealing, and general screw-your-neighbor mentality.
As I've mentioned in the past, I know people that are transferring out of Emory to attend lower ranked schools. People are transferring out of the top 90 (Mercer) just to get out of that place.
All of that said, some people will no doubt thrive there and have a blast. The experience is different for everyone. Atlanta is a great place to live, and some people can handle the Emory "nature" better than others. I'd probably be just fine there, but I doubt I would be happy for three years. Good luck to you all.
Do you have any insight? Digressing from this notorious reputation Emory has (well founded or not [seems to be false from all the Emory students I've spoken to]), how well does your school fare regarding job prospects? That Vanderbilt thread that The Decider and JNSL created has weighed heavily on my mind and I'm wondering if Emory is as great as Vandy is.
alright, i'm probably the only one here wondering this, but what is TLS (i'm guessing it's not "transport layer security", which is what i got on google)
/largely ignorant of prospective law student subculture
"you more than likely will be miserable"
posts like this are so cheap. i'm not going to be convinced of anything by the subjective experiences of maybe 3-4 individuals, especially from an anonymous online source.
as i said above, i'm sort of new to the law student subculture, but i've done a hell of a lot of lurking on here and xoxohth and i've come to the conclusion that law students are a pretty homogeneous bunch. they differ geographically, yes, and if you look at the opposite ends of the usnews spectrum there will be noticeable differences, but if you're going to compare emory to other low-end top 25 schools, you're getting basically the same applicants. i've noticed that my fellow emory 2011'ers have basically the same scores (166, 3.7) as i do and have applied to a lot of the same places with a similar degree of success.
i've gotten into W&L, notre dame, fordham, W&M, and some lower-ranked schools alongside emory, and my experience is far from unique. why would d0uchebag, gunner-types gravitate towards emory more than they would towards those other schools? there's going to be bitter T14 rejects and competitive jerkoffs at all of them. the current and future emory students i've had contact with have all seemed like decent people, and certainly haven't struck me as vastly different from those accepted at other comparable schools--why should i trust this guy's subjective evaluation more than my own?. honestly, i think that the differences between schools tend to get slightly overblown by future 1Ls because we sit around thinking about them so much when making our decisions.
i fully expect that there will be times when i'm miserable next year, but that's just related to my decision to attend law school in the first place. whatever--i may be way off in all of this, and i'd be curious to hear what a current emory student thinks.
*edit* thanks jacks25--that's what i wanted to see