Chanelgirl wrote:I think I'll probably withdraw when I get this email though... I wasn't as impressed with the school as I expected to be, and just got into SU.
Why weren't you impressed? Can you elaborate on that a little bit? I didn't get a chance to visit (yet), but I am still considering L & C.[/quote]
I'll do my best although to be honest, I think it's largely personal preference. I was surprised not to like it as much as I thought I would. I sat in on a Contracts class, which was pretty much on par with what I've seen anywhere else - lots of student/professor interaction. People were very engaged (although they are coming up on finals, so maybe more engaged than usual, haha). I also met with the Director of Admissions, who I really enjoyed speaking with. Up until this point, I was feeling pretty impressed and really wishing that I wasn't on their waitlist, but then I took a campus tour. The girl who conducted the tour was very nice and helpful, but she didn't seem particularly... enthusiastic. I guess I got the impression that she is really only there because she liked Portland and wanted to live there. I was also struck by just how small the campus is. Don't get me wrong, it's absolutely beautiful and their library is very nice, but there are about 3 buildings and most of the classrooms are very dated and windowless (with the exception of a couple of very nice new ones). So I guess I'd say that while the location of the campus and the attentiveness of the staff definitely met my expectations, I found the student body and the facilities to be lacking. I will also second what someone said earlier about it feeling like a "commuter school." I understand that most law schools are, but I was definitely very aware of the fact that is was a subdued environment and most people didn't really stick around after class.
I will give it this: Lewis & Clark seems like it is VERY responsive to its students needs. The entire Animal Law program was essentially created by a student who felt that there was a need for it. It's very progressive and there seems to be a lot of room for student driven development. They also have a nice mentor program wherein first year students are paired with a recent (within the last 5 years) L&C graduate within the Portland community as a sort of legal mentor.
So in conclusion... it isn't as if I hated Lewis and Clark. On the contrary, there were a lot of things that I liked about it. I suppose I just wasn't as impressed as I expected to be.