Hey Melbelle, I think my biggest question would be out of those three schools, why UVA?
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Taylor Dayne - I donít want to hate on other schools, so Iíll keep my comments limited to UVA. Iíd encourage you to visit each school youíre seriously considering. UVA provides a travel subsidy and there is no substitute for firsthand experience. My visits ended up changing my mind.Location:
Iím from Michigan and was living in Chicago immediately before law school. At some level, I was just ready for a change. I liked the combination of small town living (for a short while) and moderate climate. Charlottesville is a college town, but it has enough gatherings, concerts, etc. to keep you from going stir crazy. Even with classes, I made it out to the Jay-Z/TI concert here. Also, DC is a short drive (2 hours) away.Community:
I also wanted a close-knit law school community and since we work and socialize together, UVA students have it. From softball to the craziness of events such as Feb Club (party every day in February), Dandelion Parade (1L Section Parade complete with dance routines and skits), and Libel Show (a comedy show that pokes fun at law school life) UVA does a great job of helping you build relationships that last beyond law school.
This is a social school. But if the main social scene and/or drinking arenít for you, youíll find your niche. I am at the twilight of my partying days and have gotten to know a ton of folks.
I had reservations about UVA because of its lack of diversity and southern location. Unfortunately, this is a problem for all top law schools. I was wary about having to crusade in law school. As for racial and ethnic diversity, there are close-knit communities, particularly UVA BLSA (Black Law Students Organization). These groups aim to deliver social, networking, academic, and career support to their members. UVA has a conservative reputation, but that doesnít mean that it is exclusively conservative. There is no shortage of intellectual diversity; I enjoy the full range of opinions and having folks who donít think like me.Faculty:
UVA faculty were incredibly responsive to me as a prospective applicant. Faculty quickly responded to my emails about the program and even met with me when I was visiting to answer questions. Since Iíve been here, Iíve had the the opportunity to interact with faculty both in and out of the classroom (e.g., lunch with professors, events at professors homes).
Other folks may have different impressions, so chime in. If you have a specific question, let me know.