hscohen wrote:LeDique wrote:I also talked with the Director of Admissions. While Allie was really nice and friendly, I can't really say it was a helpful conversation. She _really_ sugarcoated things and would speak broadly more than specifically, especially when I was asking about employment. Overall, if you're visiting, there might be someone more useful to talk to, or I might even consider skipping it altogether. I didn't really feel like I had learned anything new from talking to her.
I spoke to Charmaine McCall, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, when I was there. Very friendly and helpful; she even wrote a personalized congratulatory note on the bottom of my acceptance letter. The class that I sat in on was similarly a very positive experience. Several students approached me before the class started to introduce themselves to me, knowing that I was a visiting student because they did not recognize me. There appears to be a high amount of camaraderie among Pitt Law's 1L's, aided by the fact that Pitt divides its 1L's into three 80-person sections and that these sections share all of their first-year classes. I look forward to seeing the Law building's basement once it is finished, as it was likewise under construction during my visit, and am excited to meet you all next Fall!
I definitely don't mean to be putting the staff down at all in any way, to be clear for everyone. I do think she was answering my questions the best she could without discouraging me from going to Pitt. For the average applicant, I reckon those visits and conversations are helpful. For someone who has been reading this and other threads on TLS, I found it less helpful. Some helpful points were made, of course, and she told me about a few things (ie: section size, like you noted). But I felt these were largely ones I could have gotten from reading Pitt's website, or one of those e-mails they sent me.
Besides the TLSers, the only person I talked to was a girl who told me that I was in her seat. She made me move over literally one seat. Oh, and the guy on the other side of me who only asked if I was currently an undergrad.