Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Your insights have been very helpful. Some things I have been wondering...
How helpful is WUSTL's legal research class?
Do professors ever come to the friday afternoon beer party?
What is it about WUSTL's career services office that has you so impressed, aside from its large budget?
Are there any good bars or restaurants that are in close proximity to the law school?
How did you decide that you wanted to live and practice law in St. Louis? Why is St. Louis' legal market so appealing to you that you would commit yourself to staying there 3 years in advance?
Are your classmates friendly and inclusive, or is there more of a clique-ish atmosphere?
Do you feel like the law school is an integrated part of the whole university?
How percentage of students there seem interested in living/working in St. Louis?
Is it possible to have a social life there without a car?
Wow, rapid fire! Let me try to briefly answer each of your questions...
-I personally don't find legal research to be that helpful (so many time-consuming, stupid little exercises), but I find legal practice to be pretty helpful so far.
-They don't come regularly, but I have seen them there. One afternoon for Happy Hour there was an award giving out, so profs were there.
-I haven't had a ton of exposure to the CSO being a 1L, but their large budget, large staff, and Dean Spivey are all pluses.
-Good bars/restaurants near WUSTL: Pi Pizza on Delmar is outstanding. Cicero's is great bar food/pizza and they have over 200 beers. If you're willing to drive a few minutes off of campus, The Hill neighborhood has outstanding Italian food.
-I have always liked St. Louis because it has a lot to offer, but it isn't a big bustling metropolis like Chicago. I was raised in a smaller city (130,000) and I like being in a city with a smaller-town atmosphere. I also really like the midwest and St. Louis is a great midwestern city.
-There are some cliques, and in a lot of ways law school reminds me of high school more than it does college, but overall I find that most people are really nice.
-If I were to make a totally unscientific guess, I'd say maybe 20% are interested in staying here after graduation.
-Yes, you can absolutely make it without a car. We get free passes to the Metro which make getting around very easy. I brought my car here, but I've only filled up once since I've been here. I usually take the bus or walk to just about every place I go. Having a car is nice, but I wouldn't say it is required (at least so far). Public transportation is a lot bigger hassle than a city like Chicago, but it is manageable.