Stubbazubba wrote:Sorry if some of these have been answered already. I'm up against a summer-start deadline at Duke and would like to have as much information as possible about CLS. Most of these are pretty general, though the first might only be for me:
1) I'm interested in going into government service, and possibly even JAG. Do you know of anyone who has done JAG from Columbia? Do you know what sort of resources Columbia has for this?
I don't know, but I know we have a number of veterans both as JDs and as LLMs. I'd reach out to Admissions and say you want to talk to a vet.
Stubbazubba wrote:2) How do you feel your relationship is with your professors? Can you talk to most of them individually, do they know who you are? How involved are they in your law school experience outside of the classroom?
Depends on the professor, but most know who you are, I think. It's a bit of a "it's what you make of it" situation. I found it easy to find a professor to supervise my (terrible) note.
Stubbazubba wrote:3) Is there a strong competitive feeling in your classes? What are your relationships with other students at CLS like? Can you get notes and help from others?
Not competitive/it's very easy to get notes. I'd say most 1L students are blithely happy and assume they'll get jobs. Luckily, most of them are right.
Stubbazubba wrote:4) How many hours per week would you say you are studying/in class? Would you say you had enough free time to keep your sanity your 1L year?
I don't know but 1L wasn't that busy, especially compared to working. The curve is the only thing that makes law school hard and banging your head against books for hours on end won't help you much there.
Stubbazubba wrote:5) How helpful have you felt CLS' career services to be? If you know anyone with PI experience, do they feel the office was helpful, or do most have to rely on other sources?
The PI office is far far more helpful than OCS. OCS isn't very helpful. I was put in contact with someone who helped me get an interview for my 1L summer PI job. PI stuff is still very competitive, though.
Stubbazubba wrote:6) What have your experiences been with CLS alumni? Are most willing or eager to help out students?
I think some are? I think relatively few people are in the situation where they need a helping hand. I think people who do need help generally get help (e.g. alumni interviews, interview coaching, &c.) but it's a question of how much some people can be helped.
Stubbazubba wrote:7) What's the greatest thing about going to CLS? What's the worst?
I really like (some) of my classmates here. Most days I'm having fun and am happy. I think facilities problems (the WiFi is spotty sometimes, ugly furniture, general lack of space) are my biggest complaint.