I also went to the open house on Saturday. My observations:
Mock class: kind of interesting and you could tell the future gunners (participating, TAKING NOTES IN A MOCK CLASS LIKE WE WERE GOING TO BE TESTED ON IT). I liked the professor, but I doubt that the real thing is that entertaining.
Housing/Financial Aid Discussion: really don't need to explain that.
Student Q/A: helpful, 3L's wouldn't say if they had a job lined up, and an alum who graduated during the boom was doing well but did not have to job search ITE. Liked it, but there seemed to be little interest in it.
Career Services: started out well, but they really seemed flustered at the end when a kid asked about the employment jobs for the Class of 2010. Two reps from OCS stuttered to say 90%, and took a while to admit that only 30% \
were at private firms and were reluctant to go into further detail about the others. They did say that all but 2 people reported, but that private firm statistic along with their lack of desire to explain employment for the others turned me off and made me lose confidence in what they were saying. When we asked for more details, they seemed flustered and started fiddling with some papers looking for the "statistics." One lady from OCS even said "do you really want me to explain the rest" like we were inconveniencing her.
Obviously, the student reps (1Ls, 3Ls, alum) were cherry-picked among those who had good jobs (e.g. one person was from a biglaw firm in NYC who was third in his class and was on LR and two were federal appellate clerks).
Bottom Line: I liked the smallness and close-knit feeling of the law school, and the fact that everyone repeated that line of closeness and lack of competitiveness made me think it was for real. I did like that no 1L class was larger than 60 students. That was probably my favorite part. When I asked about the realities of the job market, the sentiments provided on TLS were driven home by 3Ls--it is incredibly, incredibly tough.
I always liked to think that posters were exaggerating about ITE. But the fact is, after talking with students, I do not think choosing this school gives us the best options. OCS clearly was uncomfortable talking about employment statistics and definitely came across as insincere when saying 90% were employed by there unwillingness to break down the so-called 90% employed, and the fact that only 30% place in private firms is alarming.
I was going in hoping to be wowed and excited (to justify picking QU with scholly over others), and I walked out after 3 and a half hours later totally underwhelmed.