« on: March 28, 2005, 05:14:18 PM »
Anyone else attend the admit day on the 26th? Honestly I was impressed and left with a very positive impression. I was thrilled to attend Hastings before I went, but had some reservations at least partially based on some rumors/horror stories I'd seen on this site. By the time I left I was even more sure about my decision to attend Hastings.
It is not a beautiful campus - 3 sort of random buildings in an urban center - but there are some nice areas. As others have mentioned, the Gold Reading room is quite beautiful and the Sky Room is pretty awesome. The classrooms that I saw were nice - way nicer than any at my undergrad - with cushioned seats and outlets at every seat.
Before visiting I'd dismissed the idea of living at the Tower, but now I'm actually considering it. I'd pictured it being run down and horrible, but I thought it seemed livable and the fact that utilities and wireless internet are included is enticing.
I was so impressed with how incredibly nice, outgoing, and helpful everyone was. I met the woman in charge of enrollment, Suzanne something, when I first go there. She introduced herself and we talked for a few minutes, she was so sweet and welcoming! All of the current students I met were very positive and didn't make Hastings seem like a second choice at all. Granted, this is a self selecting group that chose to work admitted students day, but still. They all said that the cut throat reputation is overplayed, most students are helpful and share outlines etc, and discussing rank and gpa is taboo.
The professors on the faculty panel were all passionate, funny, and seemed approachable. They do have "beer on the beach" every other Thursday with free beer/cider/soda and on the other Thursdays they have "bar review" at various bars around town - so there seems to be comeraderie that I sort of feared might be missing since it is a stand alone law school.
I don't think Hastings is for everyone, it is an urban law school, so I definitely think it is imperitive to make a personal visit before you decide. But I really loved it. The beatiful, warm , San Francisco day didn't hurt either.