Just got back from visiting the law school.
First thing is... everyone is amazingly friendly. I truly feel a sense of community at Davis. The admissions lady and financial aid lady really knew their stuff. Walking through the school, students, despite being in their last week of finals, offered smiles and hellos while I walked through the hallways. I obviously looked a bit touristy because I was carrying around the catalog and self-tour booklet. Instead of them giving me nasty looks for touring their school during finals, like I said, I was greeted warmly by passer-bys.
The admissions office stressed community, which is easily seen on campus. Like I mentioned before, everyone is very friendly. When we walked into the library, a librarian approached us and answered some questions, introduced herself, and said feel free to ask anything else if we thought of anything.
I didn't talk to any students because I didn't want to intrude, as just about everyone was studying for upcoming tests.
I asked admissions when they would be sending decisions, and they said hopefully this week or next week, but definitely by early January. Because of furlough days, they are having a hard time reviewing in time before the new year. Also, unfortunately, admissions said that there is no estimated time from under review -> decision rendered. Your application is reviewed by 6 people, some adcomms, some professors, and one 3L student. You are accepted after a unanimous vote of accept. Because of this, it can take a while to be fully reviewed. Also, I am guessing if one or two people say no, you are put on a separate pile to be re-reviewed later.
The expansion of the law building is huge, I think it is basically doubling in size, or that is what it seems from glancing at it. The biggest addition that peaked my interest is the full court that is being installed. Not only with this court allow for moot court/other practice for law students, but they will be conducting real cases inside the court. This lets students go and observe first hand, and is located in a convenient place.
The only real negative in my experience is the aesthetic value of the law school. UCDavis is beautiful in general, there is a river running through it, and there is green everywhere, but the law school building reminds me of high school a bit. Other than that, I had an excellent time at the school. I am very eager to get the results from the school, as I believe it is my #1 choice at the moment.
Sorry, my camera was out of batteries, so I was unable to take pictures. If anyone has any other questions, let me know!
Edit: Forgot to add, but all students receive a key to the law school building. This lets students use the library/computer lab/lounge/etc. 24 hours a day. I believe this truly shows the sense of community at this school.