Just want to say that I attended a Wayne State Admitted Students Day in the last couple of weeks and it was very poorly run. Very quickly I'll run through what I didn't like.
First, they made the mistake of planning it over spring break so there was no faculty panel, no student panel and the building was dead.
Second, they didn't have a single person from career services get up and speak about career opportunities. This shows lack of organization
Third, they just didn't seem like they were trying to "sell" the school.
There is a list of other things I didn't like but mainly I felt it wasn't that organized and that Wayne State has become very complacement. As most UMich grads leave the state Wayne has just always been the top school in Michigan. .. combine this with in-state tuition and it was an easy choice for many students wanting to work in michigan. Because of this I feel they haven't put much effort into recruitement. I've emailed them 5 or 6 times and have never gotten a response. When I call their office I get transferred around a million times and they just generally aren't too interested in wooing students or paying attention to people. Overall, it just seems a highly unorganized and that they aren't on top of their sh*t. The presentations on the admitted students day covered all the basic law school stuff one might expect but completely lacked in any attempt to show off the school or show how all the great things the law school can do for you. They never mentioned their clinical programs, were unable to respond to a question about a study abroad program, didn't present career services, I thought there was also a host of other issues they glossed over that are important to incoming law students.
My impressions of the Wayne faculty and student body are very very good but my impression of the administration is incredibly negative.
I attended a Wayne State prospective law students forum a few months back, and it too was run very poorly. Mostly the people in the audience were idiots and asking the most inane questions, which isn't the fault of WSU. However, it went a whole hour over it's scheduled time and the speakers did not have control of the room, such as saying something as simple as "please hold all questions until the end." They actually took the time to explain to someone the defintion of MEDIAN when one idiot asked "I ain't got no 3.0, so be for real with me, am I wasting my time here?" The answer should have been a simple YES, you are wasting your time and everyone elses!
I was impressed with the opening remarks from the Dean (Dean Wu, I believe) but the person running the thing (I think the Asst Dean of Admissions) seemed as though she was trying to bring it down a level. For example, talking about how you should drive a hoopty to law school and save your money. It generally seemed as though she was trying to make the school seem ghetto-friendly, which was a total turn-off for me. I almost wish I hadn't gone to this meeting because now I have such a bad taste in my mouth. But it really should have been run better.