Section141 wrote: CJG9 wrote:
Section141 wrote:I'll take this thread in another direction. CanadianWolf- feel free not to comment.
Does anyone think that VLS will formally address or contact prospective students? I know they issued their formal response to current students, but I'm just wondering if they'll talk to admitted students to try to convince them to still attend.
Great question. I do know that VLS has created a special admissions committee with the specific purpose of addressing the concerns that prospective students. I have not heard of any specific formal responses that the committee plans to take. I will ask the professor who is the chair of that admissions committee what, if any, plans they have come up with. I can also ask that professor any other specific questions you may have.
This is definitely helpful info. It does seem the current regime is doing a lot to turn it around. One question/concern I'd have would have to do with current professors sticking around. Reputation and prestige and all this is very subjective, and throughout all of this the quality of the education would have been the same. If the faculty all remain to weather the storm, the education quality will remain the same.
I'm sure they'd say that they expect to retain all key faculty members, but it's just a thought.
As a 2L, after the potential impact on employment, retaining faculty was my biggest concern so you're absolutely right to be concerned about it. That is honestly a professor by professor decision. Here is what one professor told me when that question was asked:
Incentives for Professors to Stay:
1) "The Main Line" (Bryn Mawr, Wayne, Marion and the surrounding communities) is a great neighborhood with phenomenal public schools. Professors who have families and children to think about definitely strongly consider the quality of life and future potential for their children as highly as they consider the prestige of the school they're going to teach at.
2) The proximity to the major metropolitan areas (Phillly, NYC, DC) and the access to major transportation is positive because it allows those professors who are engaged in outside research and fellowships the opportunity to teach without sacrificing their research.
3) The new building offers a lot in the way of teaching capabilities.
4) The VLS community is very close - you've seen how much several of the students have argued to defend the school. The teachers feel the same way and they feel that way for a reason.
5) The school has traditionally given young teachers the ability to teach courses in their area of expertise so professors aren't stuck teaching a subject they themselves have to relearn and don't care to teach in the first place.
On the flip side the negatives of the scandal sounded a lot like the negatives that prospective students had. There is just an uncertainty and embarrassment about the repercussions of the scandal that have been cast on the school. For professors concerned about long term career effects I'm sure that weighs heavily. Those professors who get opportunities to go to Ivy League law schools will almost always take those opportunities.
My opinion is that we will probably not lose a lot of professors. Especially among the experienced tenured professors. I think this is just one of those things that you'd have to decide what's best for you.
I wouldn't mind asking around and seeing how individual professors respond when asked or asking if professors would be available to meet with you if you decide to visit. Certainly feel free to PM if you have any plans to visit or want me to ask specific questions to the faculty.