milkandcheerios wrote:I just got back from the LA reception. It's a pretty informal setting, most people are dressed business casual with a couple who were in suits. There were probably about 20ish admitted students and a bunch of alum (wayyyy more than the admits).
Basically for the first hour, you sit and the dean talks at you and there's opportunity for questions but I think only 2 people asked anything. The next two hours involved mingling which was actually kinda awkward because it was a pretty small space and it was absolutely crowded and a lot of the alum seemed to want to talk to each-other rather than the admitted students. I swear its like an episode of the bachelor, you have to be really assertive if you really want to have a conversation or else you're left standing around awkwardly.
The dean sure can talk. he just goes on and on but he's not particularly captivating and he repeats himself a lot. I honestly spaced out for a lot of it.
There were a lot of subtle-yet-not-so-subtle digs at other schools, particularly CLS and Chicago, which kinda of just left a bad taste in my mouth. I'd have a lot more respect if you could recruit without putting down your peer schools.
Haha you don't say! I was just at the LA reception tonight too! Those questions were in a last-minute prep for tonight (which was highly unnecessary as it was very laid back and the Dean is super personable haha). But I appreciate your answers!
Honestly, I really enjoyed the evening and got to talk to some great alum who seemed very interested in talking to me and other admits, including probably the sweetest Biglaw litigator I have ever met, and a guy who went to my high school. I agree that there were some who just came to meet the new dean and other alum though, and I don't really blame them for not wanting to field Law School 101 questions from a bunch of newbs lol. Like any meet and greet or networking event, it's a mixed bag, and you just need to know how to turn a crowded, loud room into an enjoyable time and find the interesting people to talk to. Good practice for law school, I'd say. But yeah I can see how it could feel like the Bachelor. Gotta love dat small talk.
I did notice the jabs at other schools, but I think they were from the alum and not the dean himself - he's too pc to do something like that. Dean Morrison is a great guy who's had an awesome run of jobs, and was a well-favored teacher while at CLS; not surprisingly, I found him a dynamic and interesting speaker and very easy to talk to. In general I heard from the other alum that the deans preceding him were also very down-to-earth guys who would grab dinner with students and stuff.
The catering was solid; good wine too.
And... I felt bad for the nyu peeps when no one seemed to have questions... so I may or may not have been one of those two question askers you speak of. Lol.