Hello all. Wash U 3L here. First time poster.
You should all be very excited to be attending Wash U this coming year. It's been an incredible experience for me. As has been pointed out on this thread, people seem quite happy at the law school--certainly not what I expected from a law school experience.
The reason for the happiness seems to be that the law school is thriving. It's an exciting place to be right now. The institution has an elite feel to it. The administration is exceptionally competent, and things run very smoothly/efficiently/effectively. The students are both brilliant and relatively laid back.
I know listening to people on these threads can remove one from reality, since many people who post on these forums like to trash other schools every other day, for reasons I will never understand. However, I can echo some other Wash U posters on here in saying that getting a decent job was relatively easy for me (I am barely above median). I will be working in DC at a firm. The CSO is outstanding, as I am sure some of you have heard. Of course, though, never count on the CSO to get you a job. Do the legwork yourself, and you will find that Wash U is indeed a national school with great name recognition. If you come here, you will be proud of the school--after all, everyone else seems to be.
Anyhow, although this information can't really get at the 'Wash U feel', I figured I'd give you some data on how far Wash U has come along over the years so that you all feel better about your decision.
If you need one, here's a confidence boost:
An article on the dean's tenure thus far. Syverud has just agreed to stay for another 5 years:http://magazine.wustl.edu/Spring10/Wash ... pirit.html
Some evidence on how Wash U is progressing over the years relative to other law schools given US News indicia. Wustl is well-placed to tie USC this coming year. Over the past years, Wash U's reputation has gone from just above 3 out of 5 to 3.7 out of 5, while peer schools have remained relatively still:http://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2005/05 ... emand.htmlhttp://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2006/06 ... chool.htmlhttp://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2007/07 ... n-law.htmlhttp://money-law.blogspot.com/2008/08/z ... n-law.htmlhttp://money-law.blogspot.com/2009/07/z ... n-law.htmlhttp://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandr ... s/rankings
Some evidence on faculty hires. Wash U has been hiring more than other schools for some time now, and the scholars are quite good. Peer schools hired around 1 to 2 a year from what I observed.
Peggie Smith from Iowa
Kevin Collins from Indiana
Adam B. Bedowi (Bigelow Fellow from University of Chicago)
(The year is about halfway over)
Washington University in St. Louis
Marion Crain from North Carolina.
Annette Appel from Nevada - Las Vegas.
Melissa Waters from Washington & Lee.
David Law from San Diego.
Bob Kuehn from Alabama
Brian Tamanaha from St. Johns
Hillary Sale from Iowa
Mae Quinn from Tennessee
Scott Baker from North Carolina
Carl Minzner. JD, Columbia, 2000. Masters of International Affairs, Columbia, 2000. International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations. Yale-China Law Fellow, Xibei Institute ofPolitics and Law.
Adam Rosenzweig. JD, Georgetown, 1998. LLM, NYU, 2002. Visiting Assistant Professor, VAP, Northwestern.
Washington University (St. Louis)
New: Samuel Buell, JD NYU 1992, Emerging Scholars Program, Texas
Emily Hughes, JD Michigan 1997, MA International Relations Yale 1992, Associate Director Death Penalty Clinic DePaul
Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, JD Harvard 1996, PhD Candidate Psychology NYU, Research Fellow NYU
Have an excellent summer!