Last weekend I met no less than five LSDers at this event!!! And needless to say, they were all charming--especially, may I say, totalbs, jayhawk, and helendemilo. It was oodles (does anyone say oodles anymore?) of fun.About the law school: So much better than I anticipated, and I anticipated it would be good. See, about five years ago, I think the rep. of the school was: a.) a miserable experience b.) extremely competitive. Everyone acknowledged it was a good place to go for jobs after law school, but the experience itself wasn't supposed to be amazing.This has changed under the watchful and caring eye of Dean Kagan, who puts out coffee, tea, and HC before every class (not personally, but she did put it into action). Everyone on campus adores her, btw, with good reason -- she really puts students first. Buildings have been renovated, 1L class sizes have been cut in half, and most of all, students are simply happier because they feel like they have a say in what goes on at the school. I was really impressed with the admit weekend. There were many opportunities to meet and talk with professors - who, by the way, are very friendly and helpful (I am sure there are exceptions, I just didn't meet any), not to mention unbelievably brilliant. The students I met are happy and energized by the place. I really couldn't imagine a more exciting place to study law.
And 35 hours per week sounds reasonable: 18 hours of class+17 hours studying isn't bad! Especially if you make it enjoyable by studying in nice places and pacing yourself.
You have got to be kidding. Every student I spoke to told me to come to Harvard for the brand name, rather than describing any of the school's other allegedly wonderful characteristics.