joemkirch wrote:Congrats to everyone who has gotten in so far! 1L here. I check this on and off if you have any questions.
how is hiring? any word on when the new school will be built? Are there any interesting internship opportunities? What is the culture of the school like? Thanks for answering!
It is a little early for me to personally comment on hiring because OCI are just beginning to be scheduled. I have some classmates that have secured summer jobs in other markets (Denver to name one) and I am sure that there are locals who have things lined up as well. From what I understand, SLU does well here in Saint Louis with placement. What isn't always advertised around here is that SLU has pretty good pull in the DC market as well because of our health law program (#1 fwiw). As far as internships go, I know upper classmen that have had paid and unpaid internships all around the city in a variety of firms and public interest areas.
The new law building will not be a whole new building, per se; at least at this point. The newest expansion is in the planning process, which will add study rooms and common areas, etc. This was just told to us in an email from the dean last week. I thought that the facilities were of utmost importance when I was going through admissions and I will say that once you start school, you honestly don't care anymore. You are in the library or a classroom most of the time. I am glad I didn't make my decision on the aesthetics of the law building alone. I'll admit it is old and not nearly as cool as the business school though
Perhaps most importantly, the culture. I have had a great time here so far. As I am sure many others were, I was afraid of what the atmosphere may be like. The whole first semester was colloquial and fun. If you like to go to bars, there are more than enough people who go out that you will never have a problem there. There are a lot of bars surrounding campus, so it is hella convenient to get a drink after classes and homework. That said, we aren't ALL binge drinkers either. There are plenty of people that stay in and study or do other things. But overall, the atmosphere is very welcoming. Even now in the wake of first semester grades, I haven't seen anyone about to jump off the building or anyone not willing to help another out.
There are a lot of activities always going on that are law-school related. The fall semester was really fun with our softball league. It was basically a drinking league: you drink beer and bat when you are told to.
Hope this gives a little insight into what it is like here, let me know if there are any more questions.