adameus wrote:is anyone updating anywhere on the ASW?
I recently posted in the Stanford ASW thread, but didn't say anything substantial...so here's my attempt to both rectify that and give SLS a good, hard sell
The ASW was simply amazing. I was there for just over a day, but it felt like much longer (in a good way!). I had planned on attending some classes tomorrow, but unfortunately I came down with some sort of bug and decided to head back to Berkeley instead of infecting everyone.
Anyway, Stanford truly pulled out all the stops, putting together a schedule full of interesting and fun events. The forums and panels with faculty, alumni, and current students were informative and candid. The professors and current students were incredibly friendly and helpful, and seemed genuinely happy to be at Stanford. Dean Kramer and the other professors that I met all have magnetic personalities, and I loved simply hearing them speak. Their enthusiasm rubbed off on the admits, and everyone had a great time meeting one another.
Here's a brief play-by-play of my Saturday:
I arrived in Palo Alto around 11am, and after dropping off my luggage I went to lunch. Dean Kramer gave a great speech, and we got to meet the other admits and current students at our table. I went to a panel on Law, Economics, & Business afterward, and then to a small group discussion with a current 1L, 2L, and 3L (they answered all of our questions, including numerous "Harvard and Yale are great at XYZ, how does Stanford compare?" type questions). I then went to a viewing and discussion of My Cousin Vinny
-- we would watch a scene from the movie, and then Kramer, Weisberg, Bankman, and Karlan would discuss the scene in a broader legal context and crack jokes. Dinner followed, and then a small group of students and I got to go to Professor Goldstein's house for a dessert reception. Professor Goldstein does copyright & soft IP, which are fields I am very interested in, so it was wonderful to speak with him (and his lovely wife). Afterward, most of us went to Palo Alto Bowl for, you guessed it, bowling. We also got a free drink (although many of us got more) and pizza, and we had a great time drinking, bowling, and socializing. Most students went to their hotel rooms afterward, but my buddy and I managed to land a room in Munger for the night, so we wandered around campus for a while before heading to bed.
Also, it must be noted that the campus is simply gorgeous (although I think the law school architecture leaves something to be desired), and the weather these past two days has been nothing short of heavenly. Right before I left for Caltrain, I got a chance to play soccer and tan on the field adjacent to the law school.
Sorry for the lengthy post, but I'm still really giddy with excitement from the ASW!