gotcha wrote:ELS2010 wrote:samilabuena wrote:Emory was very fratty. People seemed really nice and friendly, but it was just a super up-tight, stuffy, and white, southern good ole boys feel. That being said, I live in Boulder now. Emory is not for me.
Wow. Having recently spent three years there, your perception could not be more wrong. MY classmates were remarkably laid-back and open, and as I understand it the school takes great pains to maintain its status as having the most diverse student body of the upper-echelon law schools.
I'm not even sure what "fratty" means exactly, but I wouldn't ever use that word to describe ELS. (My undergrad could definitely be described as "fratty," but Emory? I suppose there are frats somewhere on campus but I never particularly noticed them.) Other than the occasional t-shirt leftover from undergrad, I don't recall ever seeing law students sporting any Greek gear, either.
I don't think they were referring to occurrences of frat specific behavior, but more the feel from the current students. I got the same feeling from the school as alcohol was one of the main topics, up there with employment. At the end of the day, these are all top students from around the country, and I think I will enjoy a relaxed campus that is still competitive.
Oh, I think I am starting to understand what people mean by "fratty." I think that ELS was trying to establish a sense of a close-knit community (which is being equivocated to the certain familial practices of a fraternity). I am not saying that this is not the case...in fact, if this close-knit feeling is what you mean by "fratty," then I completely agree that ELS is fratty. I think that this close-knit mentality is wonderful, however. Especially in a tough legal market, one must understand the importance of having a sense of community.