« on: May 04, 2005, 10:40:01 AM »
Hey guys, GW-bound here too, FT. I'm moving down there in early July & crashing with friends while looking for an apartment.
Ajumper, here are my quick impressions, coming from a couple campus visits and meeting a few current and former students:
School: I personally love the facilities, and the location doesn't get much better. Very Metro-accessible, which allows for you to have a decent commute from anywhere on the orange or blue lines (Arlington/Alexandria, mainly). The fitness center is very nice, there are lots of places around to study, and being a runner, I love that the Mall & Rock Creek Park are both close by. They bring in a lot of great speakers from DC and elsewhere, and there are plenty of law- & university-related extracurriculars.
Students: Very diverse in age, from the older part-timers to the straight out of undergrad full-timers. As with any school, I'm sure you'll have slackers & gunners, but the people that I met gave me the impression that they had plenty of time to get work accomplished, be involved in some extra activities, and also have a good social/family life. Wednesday's free coffee, Thursday's free beer, and that's usually followed by a bar night out.
Profs: I talked to a couple profs and they seemed very down to earth. The class that I sat in on was talk by a pretty enthusiastic & wry professor who seemed pretty well-liked by his students. IP faculty especially is top-notch, and then there are quite a few others, like Banzhaf (if you've seen Supersize Me, you probably know who he is), who are highly respected in their fields as well.
Resources: You're in DC, one of the legal capitals of the US. GW has a large alumni network, most of which is located in and around the city. If you're IP, the USPTO is close. If you want to hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court, go ahead. If you want to listen to inane arguments from talking heads, well, they film Crossfire on the GW campus, about 3 blocks from the law school.
Hope that helps.