PariSiamo wrote:What was wrong with Columbia?
Was going to type a whole thing out and then I remembered I could just paste in what I put in another thread. Disclaimer here is that 1) I'm pretty committed to gov't/PI work and 2) I went in knowing that NYC was not an ideal fit, but figuring if I liked the school I could deal with it for 3 years.
This sounds terrible, but honestly I think some of the stuff the students said to me was kind of what killed it. The faculty put on all these social justice/here's the cool work and research we're doing panels, which sounded great, and then you talked to students in pretty much any class year and they said the equivalent of "well, yeah, that's great, but we're all only here for the firms and that's what CLS is really good at." It felt weirdly like the school was trying to trick us in the door? Though I had some great conversations with professors/staff.
ETA: I had at least one current student essentially trying to talk me out of doing anything non-BigLaw, which I found… really off-putting? Like, yes, you're going to a good firm and making bank, but you don't know me and my goals.
I also, on an unrelated note, was really struck by how many people there were (mainly KJDs, I think?) who, even though almost no one knows anything on scholarships yet, were already saying they were committed to CLS--both EDers and people who said they had already made up their minds. And the number of parents wandering around. I felt almost like it was a different/less informed (not everyone, obviously, but… more visibly so) group of students than I've seen at other schools.
Also, the first day where you sat in that auditorium for like 2 hours straight was hell. I was not feeling well from traveling the day before and thought I was going to introduce myself to all you lovely people by vomming in the middle of the first panels. I'm still not really sure organizationally the whole two days was planned very well.