JenDarby wrote:SDPalmTree, what are the schools you're considering (have been accepted to) with the great externships and teaching methods? No need to be coy, your comment is just a valueless rant without specifics. Promotional materials aren't exactly where I'd base my LS decision off of, regardless of whether they emphasize area or their superb teaching methods.
I'm glad Mr. Anon posts here though. Not everyone from any given LS ends up being successful, and it IS nice to see the other side. LS and Fordham do involve taking on a high level of debt generally, and you could become a bitter TLS poster when it's all said and done.
Well, to be specific, all of my interactions with BU have included a discussion of how highly-ranked their professors are, and the satisfication of the students that attend there. Though I will say that I was discouraged by their "you're probably not getting a job" speech at the reception I went to...
For GW, the conversations I've had with the new dean have revolved around all the exciting new things that he wants to implement now that he's at a better university than ASU. He put a lot of emphasis on the externship program they have in DC, the mentorship program they have within the school, and their emphasis on inviting organizations, government entities, etc. to pose legal questions to their students in order to grant them experience in handling them. He also described other pilot programs like having JDs working with MBAs at GW + more, but I can’t really remember now. I'm sure there are bound to be at least some problems with these pilot programs, but the guy's enthusiasm was pretty infectious.
All my interactions with Fordham have emphasized the fact that they exist in NYC, legal capital of the world. When combined with employment statistics, Fordham is probably the best choice out of these three schools. More than anything, I was simply commenting on the lack of anything else being emphasized as a particular strength. It has a stellar location and a solid academic standing, more than enough for me to fall in love with the school, it's just not investing much in telling me what makes it unique as an institution.