hobojarpen wrote:Right now, I'm selecting between UVA and Cornell. Would appreciate input/feedback. Thanks! Background: Born and raised in SoCal, went to USC for undergrad, majored in PoliSci (really limits it down, eh)
1) What are the pros and cons of having one of the largest class sizes amongst top law schools (350+ students, 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio)?
2) Could you speak to the level of UVA’s “renown” in CA and NY?
3) I was wondering if you could speak to the overall diversity of UVA’s student body. For example, ~25% of the current 1L class at UVA reported themselves as being minorities while that number for Cornell is 40%+. Or is the % irrelevant since UVA has such a big student body that quantity wise, there will be plenty of people of different backgrounds?
4) In terms of proximity to the school and pricing (I’m hoping to find a roommate or three haha), which place is the best to live? From my discussions with a current UVA 2L, he mentioned Graduate Center (Woodard?) and the Jeffersonian were great deals.
5) I’ve read that Charlottesville, or at least the immediate area around the school, is not really pedestrian friendly and the public transit system is not that great. I guess if I live within walking distance of the school and surrounding stores/shops, it doesn't really matter, but still, I am curious about this.
1 - There's a lot of bros, girls, athletes, nerds, hipsters, etc. Just lots of people here. I like it. Seems like every type of person has a solid group of people that are either like them or agree with them on some hot-button issue. Take the Mormon population for instance....they're a "minority" I suppose, but they have a solid group of what seems like 15-25 people (could be 30-50 for all I know) that seem very happy/content with life here.
I don't really notice the cons of high student-teacher ratio, probably because I went to an undergrad of 50k+. I think teachers are very accessible outside of class and always seem willing to do lunch.
2 - It is what it is, a peer to M and P. Probably does better in DC than those schools, but maybe slightly less in NYC than P. But that might be a self-selection thing. There are plenty of people at UVa that are going to NYC or could if they want. For Cali, I think many students have done quite well with Cali firms during OGI. There were plenty at OGI from San Fran, OC, LA, San Diego. I also think in Cali, you're not competing at much with NYU/Columbia/Harvard like you do in DC/NYC. Smaller class sizes, yes, but Virginia still seems more "unique" on the west coast so maybe it gives you a bit of a leg up. But all in all, it's still seen as a top 10 school.
3 - It seems like there is a good mix of people of different races/backgrounds, but you might want an answer from a minority, as I am not one.
4 - It's probably late to get a place in Jeffersonian, but Ivy is fine and can be split cheaply. Hessian Hills is also fine, although you might want a car from there.
5 - You want a car in UVa. Public transit not great since most people have cars or walk and the weather is pretty nice year-round. Or maybe public transit isn't great because of the politicians here. Or maybe it is great but I just don't appreciate it. Either way, the town is easy to get around in, in terms of not getting lost. But it's tough to get around in because traffic sucks and the town's layout was made in the 1500's.