Okay people, just got back from my official campus visit, and I need to fill everyone in on it. First, the Law Center, in and out, is one of the most beautiful academic places I have ever seen. This is coming from a guy who went to Michigan and visited a few friends while they attended USC and UCLA. I can only imagine what the other tier-1 schools look like... Anyways, the library is 5th in the nation and it deserves the title. It is a very vibrant and open area, with TONS of legal books. While it wasn't final time, it looked like there was plenty of space to lay out all your stuff out and get down to studying.
My "Law Ambassador" (yes, it's a corny title), was excellent as well (his name is Johnathan). He gave me the run-down on a lot of different programs that the Law Center has and also some of the history of the building as well and why the front of it looks like the front of the SCOTUS. The classrooms are top of the line and I even sat in on a Con Law class with Prof. Diamond. (For all you gunners out there, he was talking about how the business practices of the "Heart of Atlanta" hotel constitute practicing inter-state commerce and how that is regulated on the federal level). I saw a little of the Socratic method, and I would tell all of you not to sweat it. The student was a little confused and disorganized, but the professor didn't rake him over the coals in the least bit, he just moved on to another student that had better answers.
After the class, I went back to the admissions office and fired off a lot of questions to one of the officers there, Mrs. Daphne James. She was great!!!! She had an answer for all of my questions and a lot of quick wit as well. I felt ten times more comfortable moving across the country to attend this law school, and this visit secured my seat deposit. She even told me that if I was a little apprehensive about making a firm decision on the seat deposit date, I could contact her and push the date back to give me a little more time to think about it. She even offered to help my cousin (who is planning on transferring to LSU for a UG degree), with suggesting a good school for her kids. Needless to say, from a person who is used to the whole "asshole" mentality that us northerners have, it was quite refreshing to see the southern hospitality that the south prides itself on.
As for the scholarship offers, Mrs.James told me that she was sorry about the hold-up, the letter should start rolling out again in the next week or two. That was one of my main concerns because I'm planning on living on-campus and I need to know how much I can play with as far as money is concerned. Another thing that I would add is that she suggested that even if you guys come to the ASD, if you are in the area, it would be better for you to schedule an individual visit to see how the Law Center operates when they're not on their best behavior. While I was there, the students really didn't even pay much attention to me, they just carried on like business as usual, which is fine by me.
In closing, I would like to tell everyone that it is completely worth it to attend if you have the offer and there isn't a higher school that you have your sights set on. Needless to say, for all you guys that are going to be a part of the class of 2013, I look forward to meeting you and struggling with you as well. Take it easy and I'll see you at the Law Center on August 16th.