What made you choose Bama? Specifically what made you choose them over UGA? How do you like it? Any idea about job prospects or portability yet? Do they stack sections? And does it seem like most people lost their scholarships after 1L?
Sorry...I have alot of questions. I figure that should do...for now. Thanks though! I appreciate it.
Q. What made me chose Bama
- They recruited me really hard, gave me a great scholarship, and everyone at the school was super friendly. When I came for my visit I was really happy to see students of all shapes and sizes working and laughing together. They weren't just being cordial, they were actually friendly. The same vibe existed between teachers and students. I saw students talking to teachers about class, about summer vacation, and all sorts of other esoteric things that (to me) showed the closeness of the school as a whole.
-I also really liked how small the incoming class was (about 180), and how small the school was overall (about 450); to me that brought with it a feeling of community that's absent from most schools in this range of the rankings.
-The administrators at the school also seemed genuinely excited about getting better. It was refreshing to walk into a place and not feel like the only one who is waiting to work hard and "strut their stuff" so to speak. I just felt like the school was headed in a good direction, and they wanted me to be a part of that.
Q. Why Bama over UGA
- Well this is just gonna be my why Bama over all the other schools I got into (2 t25's and > 20 [cant remember all of em lol] schools in the top 100). Specifically UGA though=late wait list+no money. For everywhere else, I was really just focused on my career and the level of competition i'd face when I started to look for a job. Here I just looked at the relative strengths of other schools in a region, the level of appeal that market has to t14 grads, and the presence of other strong schools in the state. Aside from that, COL was important to me...i'll graduate from Bama with absolutely no debt because I can pay living expenses out of pocket.
-Honestly the factors that are important will be different for each person. I can honestly say i'm happy here; this place is a good fit for ME. My advice to you is to visit schools youre interested in, don't put so much thought into the rankings, and decide what factors are most important to you and where happiness fits into that list.
Q. How do I like bama
-I am happy. My teachers have been great. My classmates have diverse life experiences. The level of access we have to professors and the deans is unparalleled imo (i'd be shocked if you could name another school where a teacher comes on Thanksgiving morning to help a student get their books out of the locked library). Especially the deans; they talk to us and genuinely want our opinion on things. The facilities aren't breathtaking like other schools i've visited, but they are adequate. All that said, Tuscaloosa isn't for everyone. If you can't handle a slow town you'll probably be miserable here. There are some bars, and of course there is sec football, but there isn't much else around here. If you don't mind traveling though, Atlanta and Birmingham are not far away.
Q. What do I know about job prospects and portability
-I know a couple of 3L's with six figure offers already. That is a small sample though, I also know people who don't have jobs at all. None of the upperclassmen I know seem to be panicking, but again small sample I suppose. Your job prospects are obviously best in Bama, after all, you are at the best school in Bama. That might not be a bad thing though, Bama firms have good pay, and lower billable hour requirements than firms in other major cities. Firms here also hire a lot of summer associates, even in this economy. From what i've seen, there are opportunities to do PI, DA, public defender, US attorney too.
- As far as portability, the school is trying. Out of staters express displeasure because Bama firms think they'll bolt and other states wonder about their ties to that specific state. A Bama degree still "seems" portable from LA (Louisiana) through FL and up into DC...if you do your leg work. The biggest misconception people have is that the CSO will pound the pavement and beat down doors so you can get a job; that is not the case. I'm only a 1L, but I can tell you from my own experience that if you put yourself in front of the decision makers, your charisma, work ethic, and desire will take you a long long way. You can lock up OCI spots before you ever even get one grade (trust me on this one).
Q. Section stacking and scholarships in general.
- I'm really not sure if any school "stacks" sections like we think. I do know that here at Bama about 60% of the incoming students have half or full scholarships (according to the aba). Most of those scholarships have a 3.0 requirement (top 1/3). So you do the math on that.....
Hope I answered all of em.....