During ASW this seemed to be pretty accurate. When I was talking to a 1L he said that he was "Pleasantly surprised not to be surprised," meaning he had heard all the talk about how collegiate they are etc. but was a bit worried that he was going to show up and be surprised when he saw how they actually behave. He said there were no surprises and the atmosphere is pretty much exactly how they described it. I also heard alot of anecdotal cases from people that have friends/relatives at other law schools and how those friends/relatives are always surprised about how the environment at Vandy is so different from their experiences.
All around the staff seemed to genuinely care about the students, their experiences & their careers etc. The current students were more willing to talk to me than at any of the other schools I've visited, and they seemed to me alot more comfortable & social around each other in general. Also, something that surprised me was that when i first visited the school a couple of months ago was that the admissions officer that showed me around actually knew a bit about me, whereas at every other school, even one I interviewed at I could tell that they didn't even do a glance over my file before talking to me.
Anyways, I'll be at Vandy in the Fall & I'm looking forward to it.
+1 to to all of the above. All the Vandy students were great; I really felt included, that I was already a part of the community. I made a few new friends who all said they were really excited that I was pretty much dead set on Vandy, and to call them in the fall.
The career services was awesome. They seemed obsessed with making sure every student was employed. And their clerkship advisor stressed that even if your grades weren't the best, he would still go to bat for you to give you the best possible shot at clerkships, it that's what you wanted.
To MF248 and others that have decided on Vandy, I'm still waiting on Texas money, but I'm 99% sure I'll see yall this fall. I believe a celebratory round of Makers is in order.