Do you mind giving us your overall experience so far as a Whittier 1L?...professors, fellow students, facilities, etc...
How did you come to decide whittier over other socal schools?
Does it seem hard for most students to either hold onto their scholarships or get an increase after good performance?
No problem at all - hopefully my thoughts will answer some of everybody's thoughts/concerns.
FACILITIES = overall the school is small, but very quiet and nice. Don't expect any state-of-the-art technology in all rooms. With that said, the library is pretty spacious and quiet. Everybody respects everybody else's studying time. There's never a problem of finding a place to study. There's also plenty of study rooms - however there must be a minimum of two students per study room. Never a problem with parking either. The lecture halls - again don't expect the nicest looking decor either - the rooms and seats are simple and its certainly not old and run-down. They're clean, smells fresh and you have plenty of space and they have projectors and that sort of stuff....so trust me, it's modern enough. I know some schools have reclining chairs and amazing stadium-like seating and what-not- this is not Whittier. Our facilities are simple, but it certainly gets the job done. I have never had a problem finding resources to help me succeed.
PROFESSORS = There are three full-time day sections for 1Ls (I know nothing about part-time and evening students' sections) and I have a pretty good impression of all of them. For the most part, they're great...maybe except for one or two. This is because they're grads from the old-school train of thought where they teach heavily based on socratic instead of the more modern / practical socratic method where professors "hold you by your hand" when you get called on. I don't think any of the 1L professors are "cut throat" - they generally will let you slide if you get stumped in class, but of course you should always come to class prepared. I have seen an instance or two of students getting grilled from slacking off too much.
CAREER SERVICES and other personnel = I have a pretty good impression of our carerr services staff. They're always giving students a heads up about internship opportunities, networking events on and off campus, etc. They work hard to try to help us find jobs and positions...problem is most students ignore these emails or they are simply too lazy to show up and meet some attorneys and network. This baffles me. Other than that, school personnel are really helpful. If you have a question, they will certainly provide an answer for you.
SCHOLARSHIPS - not going to lie, it is very difficult to maintain your scholarship after 1L because as most of you know the stipulations are ridiculously hard to keep up with. Let's fact it - this is a Tier 4 school and the attrition rate is no secret - therefore, most students work their butts off (which is great to see - so many ppl dedicated to their studies) and of course, this creates stiffer competition. The ones who end up at the top of the class are seriously the bright and super smart ones - they're the one on moot court, trial ad teams, TAs for classes, etc.
FELLOW STUDENTS = There are a lot of WHittier students who work hard - this is because we're a Tier 4 school and pretty much the whole TLS and legal community blacklists us simply because we are Whittier Law School. Therefore, we go about with an "underdog" mentality - always wanting to prove something to the rest of the legal community. For the most part, a lot of my classmates love the experience so far - we're all friendly with each other and we want to succeed. HOWEVER - I gotta keeps it realz - we have a number of students who simply should not be in law school. They should have never been admitted in the first place. These folks are slackers, lazy and they're only here because as an adult, their parents told them to go to law school. I've already seen a number of people in my section drop out - what a waste of time and MONEY. goodness.
Trust me folks - law school (especially here at Whittier) is about self motivation - DO NOT SLACK.
Many of you might not know this but Whittier has a new Dean who joined the school two years ago I believe. She's been implementing a lot of new programs to change how Whittier functions - especially the bar passage rate and overall, I think she's gained the respect of the faculty and student body. her efforts aren't certainly going to happen overnight, but there's a plan in place and slowly but surely, the school is improving and optimistic. Not only that, this year we brought on aboard a faculty member who headed up Cal Western's Bar Prep Program - for those of you who don't know - in the last five years or so Cal Western has had amazing and very impressive bar passage rates (check them out). So for Whittier to snatch up this guy and to integrate some of his programs, it's certainly refreshing.
So in the end - for those of you that have visited the school - it's a small community but you would agree that it's nice. It's quiet and nice. Again, I have never had trouble finding the right resources to help me study and succeed.
I hope I've given you guys a better picture of Whittier. Again, if there are any questions, feel free to ask and I'll be sure to give a thorough and HONEST opinion.