thewarflamingo wrote:Yes yes yes! I'm glad I'm not the only one who was bothered by all of this as well! I only met one person who really knew what type of law they wanted to practice out of like 15 current students I met (including some 3Ls) so I was very shocked by this and it really concerned me. How do you make it to 3L without deciding on a field!? I think they could have picked much better students to represent the school in the student panel. Actually, I didn't think the guys on the panel were too bad and I enjoyed listening to their perspective, but the girls on the panel just did not impress me at all.
Also, none of the current students I talked to made any kind of jokes or anything. This may be stupid, but I want funny classmates that I can joke around with as stress relief, but people there seemed a little too serious.
Haha, I find it funny that I have an almost 180 degree different view of these things.
I really wish everyone had the opportunity to talk to the alumni, because they cleared up a lot of things and basically sold CU to me. Both of the alumni as well as a federal judged admitted to switching law focus in law school and a couple of them said they switched after graduating. Now they are all extremely successful, so I guess that shows that to some degree getting a JD is unique in that knowing what you want to do may not happen until after you enter the workforce. They also put to rest for me the "go to school where you want to practice or bust" myth that TLS overstates. They admitted that finding a job directly out of law school is much easier in the area where you got your degree, but after a few years of work experience you are competitive almost anywhere (minus big law in LA, Chicago, NY). The major issue is that you may need to retake the bar for that state.
As for the mock court, I totally agree that we could have done without it. But to the defense of the mock court team, I overheard (during our tour) one of the mock court girls talking to the professor leading them saying that she wanted them to make it "funny" to keep our interest. I think they missed the mark on that pretty bad, but I definitly know they weren't being serious out there and they probably won't being doing it April (according to one of the admissions people).
Also, I liked that they didn't pick the top 25% to represent the school. Some of those girls who admitted to being in the lower half of the class have a lot going on and seem to be very well positioned towards a career. I don't remember her name, but she was 3L class president (or something like that) plus she had done a lot of other things.