« on: April 06, 2005, 07:33:51 AM »
bri0501 - i too went and visited both schools. i saw GULC first. the first admit day was decent. i sat in on 2 classes. a curriculum B course, and a curriculum A course. both were excellent. i have to say that i felt very comfortable in the classroom, i felt interested in the material they were discussing, etc. the classes were rather large, i suppose. but i really didnt notice (i guess it doesnt bother me). a good number of ppl participated in class discussion, and when someone couldnt answer/didnt understand the professors questions, another student would be called. it wasnt brutal at all. we laughed a lot in class and ppl were just open to hearing anything their peers had to say, and everything felt good-natured. the presentations given to us by the dean and professors were really nice. they sounded like proud parents. it truly felt like they were welcoming us into their community. the facilities were great - reminded me of emory's facilities, though i much prefer emory's. i am realizing now how great emory was... haha. for me, the new recreation center was just okay. i wasnt blown away, though it is nice. i am used to spaciousness. and in a city, that is definitely not going to happen. and i didnt see any tennis courts so i was disappointed by that. i talked to handful of GULC students who all had very different things to say. a 1L in the B curriculum absolutely loves it at GULC. i believe he was from California. he said it wasnt competitive, you get to know your section really well (about 100 kids) and can still mingle easily outside of your section. he lives in an apt nearby the school, but not in the school's on campus dorm/apts. i observed him in class, however, and he took notes while playing party poker and surfing espn. other boys in class were chatting on AIM or playing some surfing game online. it was strange. i briefly spoke to a 1L in the A curriculum and he said he liked GULC too. the class i had sat in on seemed to be having trouble grasping the concepts on the agenda, and the 1L commented to me that this particular subject was giving the students a more difficult time than usual. that is why so many could not correctly answer the professor's questions, and often ppl just said... "i dont know". but it felt like a very collaborative environment. ppl trying to work together to understand. i have heard different things about living on campus. some say dont, youll go insane being surrounded by law 24/7 (classes, and hallmates who can do nothing but obsess). others say it is convenient, and a good way to meet ppl. the compromise is to live off campus in the nearby apts. but both choices are expensive. i felt like i got the most insight from a random 3L i met during lunch. she said GULC was ok. she emphasized the value of clerking. she wasnt hyping up the school (like the student reps were) but instead claimed upfront that its a tough 3 years, and by the third year you are just ready to get out. but she did say "GULC is a great school, if law is what you want". i hope to email her with more questions though.
i will write a synopsis of my DUKE experience later on today.
overall, my impression of the school was that yes it is big, but it isnt too big. the strengths are the clinics, the profs, the enthusiasm of the career services office, and the numerous activities and courses (journals, moot court competitions, clubs) that are available. what i dont like is the prospect of commuting 30 - 45 min ever day to and from school. living near campus and paying an arm and a leg. the possibility that b/c the school is so large, and ppl are probably so busy, that there might be only time to do a couple of activities, and even then, the club may not be very close-knit. i dont like DC weather. i dont like the city, when compared to the suburbs. but then again, the student body and the profs at GULC seem more diverse in both ethnicity, background, and mindset. its an exciting school. i felt a strong intellectual, ambitious vibe. i want to keep the west coast open to me, and i feel that GULC would give me a fairly good shot at moving to cali upon graduation.
if anyone else has feedback on his/her experience at GULC, please post. im very interested to hear ppls impressions, on top of the facts.