JJDancer wrote:What's the overall 1L student body like? (age-wise, diversity, do you only meet people in your section, study groups, places to study)
The average age is 25, but most of the people I hang out with or see out at the bars are below 25. More than 50% of people come from out-of-state (a lot of us who went to colleges on the East Coast count for in-state bc we went to high school in CA).
I agree with what weee said about study groups. I joined a study group with my friends pretty early on, but we just dicked around, and I can't say it helped. Until practice exam time, I don't think study groups are helpful. I'm probably still going to study in a group, however, because the library can get dry and boring alone. Unlike weee, most of my friends are from my section, and my section does a bunch of stuff together (dinners out of Westwood and at different peep's places, drinking, etc). I'm part of a identity org, but it just so happened that most of the 1Ls in that org were placed in the same section - which was kind of cool.
I would like to meet more people out of my section, but law school is structured in such a way that it's decently difficult to do so (classes are scheduled for different times of the day, constant exposure to the same people, etc). If you live in Weyburn (grad student housing), it's probably easier to interact with people out of your section.
Diversity-wise: UCLA is decently diverse, but I guess it depends on the sub-group. Women, LGBT, and Asians are decently represented, whereas Latinos and Blacks less so.