i'll just run down the list and give my opinion
How would you describe your classmates?
"as expected" ... you have your regular array of classmates, generally. there are a few 'frat types' (please draw your own conclusion LOL), there are the very quiet/shy kids, the "my parents are both lawyers and i'm not afraid to talk about it" kids, the "my parents are both lawyers and i don't want anyone to know" kids, the sociable, outgoing kids, etc.
i can only speak for my section, but i wasn't too surprised by my 'mix' of classmates this year. all in all, the super competitive atmosphere is lacking, though kids do tend to show their true colors around finals time.
concerning the previous 'arrogant' remarks, i must say that i don't really notice it, if it is indeed present. perhaps i'm just ignorant to it, or hell.. perhaps i'm the arrogant one and can't see it
regardless, i believe a vast majority of law students tend to take on a slightly arrogant edge at one time or another.
also, what is regarded as "arrogance" by some may merely be the fact that a 'stranger' is walking around and freely intermingling with a small group of students who have, in essence, been locked in rooms with each other 5 days/week for the past 6 or 7 months. walk into any law school and you're likely to be confronted with this by at least a segment of the students (just my $.02).
i definitely cannot say that students aren't clique'ish, though. that seems to be the trend through all 3 years of law school, at least at duquesne. i guess that can be a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it (and which clique you gravitate toward
How would you describe the faculty/staff in terms of helpfulness and approachability?
of the professors i've had this year, i would say that every single one is helpful/approachable, at least in their own way. some may seem harder to approach than others, but i've found that once you actually take the steps to do so, they're all very willing to help.
I've been asking what the curve was and I could never get a straightforward answer so I was wondering if you could tell me
as far as i know, this year's 1L class is supposed to center on a C. i don't have anything to back that up, i guess it's just something i picked up along the way.
Do you (or any other students you know of)have any job prospects lined up for this summer as 1L's?
i'm taking a slightly unorthodox route with my law life (attempting to use it to get back into sports), so my path may veer from the main road a little. i do have classmates who (claim to) have clerk positions and internships lined up though. many of them seem to have used outside connections to obtain them, whether they be family members, family friends, etc. that's life
Are you happy overall with your decision to go there?
very. i had one heck of a time deciding between duquesne and psu-dickinson, but feel i made the right choice.
i think that about covers it, feel free to ask anything else on your mind. i haven't been around this board for awhile but figured i'd drop in to see how things were going for this year's incoming class. i did learn a lot here last spring/summer, so i'm only too glad to try to help out.