akasabian wrote:With the other schools I am considering, there wasn't anything that really made W&M stand out. The community seemed nice, but really couldn't see myself in that culture. Just something intangible seemed off. Additionally, they really pushed being a national law school when their numbers really say they are regional.
I like Williamsburg, but having it be in the distant suburbs of a smaller city like Richmond rather than a larger major market like DC (even though it is only 2 hrs outside) really didn't appeal to me. Basically it was one of my top choices, but it made me feel like now that I might wanna take a year off and retake for better options. Sorry that wasn't very specific, i'll take more specific questions if people have them...
I went to an isolated medium-sized liberal arts college, so I knew what to expect when I got to Williamsburg. If I hadn't gone to a similar UG, I probably would have found the atmosphere a little "off", too. Not everyone likes being in an isolated college town. After three years in NYC, I'm fine with the idea though.
They do push the "national" law school idea pretty hard, but I think that you might be holding them to a standard that they're not claiming to meet. Just like Penn, their top locations are their home state, DC, and NY. Granted, their employment stats aren't as strong, but they can still get you where you want to go, if you work for it (and you'd be working for it at Penn, too). Moreover, W&M has strong national name recognition as an UG college and as the nation's first law school. I think that's what they're trying to get at when they say they're "national".