HonestlyThough wrote:I haven't visited.
But I'm far more pragmatic/practice minded than intellectual/academic minded. I want to use the law as a tool, not thought exercise.
I do not want a competitive, cut-throat environment
and people dear to me have told me chicago and the university will not make me happy
goal is PI - probably impact or movement lawyering.
I'd be LIPP bound at Harvard, probably with full debt
As a 0L who will be attending Chicago this fall, I just wanted to offer my two cents based on my visit to the law school.
The institutional culture of "where fun goes to die" and crass competition was something everyone had told me about when I said I was going to visit Chicago. It was something I felt very uneasy about before I visited the school, and on the flight there I was actually questioning whether I had just sunk $500 in airfare for a miserable 2 days. Once I was there, however, I actually laughed to myself because all those things I had heard about Chicago being this dreary place was absolutely not what I saw. The people there are wicked smart, you can tell that just by talking to them, but they're not jerks or crass people. Every current student I talked to (about 12 from my last count) was very friendly and upfront about their experience at the law school--what they liked, what they didn't like, and whether they felt they made the right choice (they all said yes)--and they were unanimous in saying that discussion of grades pretty much never happens there. Most of the current students also seemed to know each other (some better than others, but nevertheless still well enough to say hi and have a friendly conversation), and I think the school's small size plays a big role in allowing for those bonds to develop. My visit to Chicago was the best ASW experience I had, and thinking back to how comfortable I felt while I was there was what ultimately led me to send in my deposit check last week.