dakatz wrote:username99 wrote:Simply put, what is it like to be a BU student? What are the important points?
Hmm, thats pretty broad, but I will try and give you an answer. Being a BU student certainly has many more pros than cons. The faculty is insanely good, and is right on par with the very best law schools in the country. We have a university-wide award every year for the best professor at BU. In both semesters of my 1L year, I get to take a class with a professor who has won that award. And they aren't just masters in their fields, but wonderful with the students. Myself and a group of students had dinner at our professor's house one night, which was a whole lot of fun.
The administration is also quite good. I honestly feel like, if there is anything the student body really wants, the administration will go out of their way to get it done. They treat us much more like adults than any undergrad administration, and they want us to be comfortable and happy here. And it really shows, in that the students are truly happy to be here. I visited a bunch of law schools before I applied. And I remember visiting BU and having random students go out of their way to share info about the school, help us out, talk about how much they enjoyed it, etc. My cynical mind thought that they were planted there by admissions. Yet I find myself doing the same whenever I see prospective students. At many law schools, I'd imagine that a large chunk of students just want to do their time, get their degree, and get out. But I really get the vibe that people at BU enjoy being here.
The social scene and schedule of events is really great as well. Every night there is some group hosting some event. And we also have a bunch of class-wide events like a harbor cruise, ski trip, "bar review" nights, etc. So whenever you put down the books, there is always some event where you can mingle with everyone outside of the law school setting.
To be as fair and balanced as possible, I think I should probably point out a few negatives that I can think of. The facilities are certainly a bit old and not particularly pleasing to the eye. But they are constantly renovating the inside and adding new comp lab areas/study spaces, etc. Again, if the student body wants it done, the administration gets it done. The facilities are sort of a neutral point for me. Its of course nothing I brag about to anyone. But at the same time, it has never been a detriment to my law school experience. Also, the law school is right in the middle of the undergrad campus and right next to the undergrad library. So we don't really get a chunk of the campus to ourselves. But again, these gripes are quite minor compared to the overwhelmingly positive experience I have had here so far.
Wow thanks so much for sharing all that info. The facilities are definitely less important to me than the faculty and things of actual substance. How about the job prospects? Is it more difficult than other comparable schools to succeed in the classroom and to succeed at finding employment? Thanks again