Reporting back from day 1 of ASW #1.
I won't be too long-winded, as I had quite a few beers at the pizza and beer party they threw for us. I'll just let that sink in for a minute: pizza and keg beer... in grandiose Vanderbilt Hall... at NYU Law... where I might be taking classes next year. Okay.
The student panel was good, aside from the 2L claiming that anybody who wanted biglaw could get it. In his defense, that guy seemed cool otherwise, and his panel-mates were as skeptical as the crowd about that claim.
I went to Burt Neuborne's Evidence class. Neuborne was lively and engaging and didn't employ the Socratic method. All the admitted student guests were sitting in the back, and maybe some self-selection goes into who lurks in the back of class, but the students in front of me were definitely perusing Gawker, Facebook and the New York Times website, so class shouldn't get in the way of your web-browsing.
The student organizations panel was great. I plan on doing PI, so it was nice to be able to go directly to the people working in the issue areas I want. I chatted with a few students about their organizations, public interest opportunities and top-law-schools.com in general.
After that was a panel with recent alumni. NYU was obviously trying to cover all the bases, so they naturally had one clerk, one biglaw associate and one Legal Aid attorney. The focus of the panel was work-life balance. The panelists had different takes on what that balance was, but unsurprisingly they all endorsed NYU as a very collegial and non-stressful place.
After that was beer and pizza, and after that a nearby bar, though I left before the NYU Law cover band took the stage.
On the whole, the day was very impressive. I got the impression that the students were exceedingly smart and accomplished yet down to earth. There really does seem to be a more relaxed air to the school, but not at the expense of rigor.
Also, the administrators were excellent. They were incredibly helpful whenever I had questions and exuded enthusiasm and professionalism. This was a well-planned day and they're surely owed the credit for it.
Feel free to ask questions, or PM me.