How was the weekend?
I spent the weekend at Stetson with my wife and 1 month-old baby boy and I must say that we are thoroughly impressed... with the school anyway!
The open house was on Sat. and it lasted from ~9:30 until 4:00pm. They mostly talked about stuff that you can find in any information booklet, but then they opened the floor up to a student panel and they shared their perspectives and experiences.
If you are looking for a diverse institution, then Stetson is ther place to be. I'm sure every law school has their fair share of interesting students, but I saw some very interesting people from ALL walks of life, including a military chaplain who is 43 yrs old. There seems to be quite a few non-trads and, for the most part, everyone seems really happy.
Of particular noteworthiness is the fact that not only is Stetson #1 (tied) in the nation for trial advocacy, but they just beat Columbia in the World Championship trip to the "Final Four," where they beat the team that beat Harvard and ffinally beat the UNiversity of Vienna (in Vienna) to become the trial advocacy WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!! I think this is significant since it is this program that has been most appealing to me as a prospective student.
It is a very beautiful campus ( I will post pics later) and it is extremely convenient and simple to navigate. I have read this before but the staff was VERY helpful and willing to assist me in an almost overly helpful manner.
I spent some time there on Monday, when all of the students would be there, and I was able to meet a few contacts and a handful of 1Ls. I picked their brains and the following is a list of advice and its respective frequency:
- Do NOT take a Law School prep class - ALL (~20)
- Learn how to type (5)
- Read the recommended reading (2)
- Absolutely nothing (~19)
There is more to come later, but i have to tend to my baby