Bobalou wrote:I may get a lot of flack for this but...
Is there anyone else that's been reading this thread for the past few weeks that has been completely turned off by the reports from the ASWs? It seems like there's minor mention of things like the 3L program and job prospects and much more space devoted to talk of beer pong and drinking games. Dont get me wrong, its great to hear about the great impressions that everyone has been having and it sounds pretty unanimous, I guess I just worry about people making a huge decision based on the quality of the party.
For the most part, law hiring operates off of prestige/reputation. That's the reason people get laughed at when they come on here talking about School X's international law/save the whales law program or this or that. Outside of employment prospects, quality of life is the most important factor in where you go to school in my opinion. This is especially true if you are deciding on whether or not to go to school in Lexington, which is in the middle of nowhere. As it turns out, many law students are still young and like to enjoy themselves on the weekends. If you're not in to that kind of thing I'm sure you will have no problem laying low and relaxing in Lexington.
I'm not trying to say the 3L program is analogous to School X's meaningless international law ranking. The 3L program at W&L is very unique and original and I think it's important that a student be on board with what it has to offer before going to W&L. I think it will have a positive effect on employment prospects (I don't see how hands on experience can be a negative), but it's not going to suddenly bump it up a tier in hiring or anything like that. If you went to the ASW then you've heard alot about it.
This was a roundabout way of me saying that I don't find it to be troubling. I think most of the people on this thread have already decided to go there (I haven't btw), know about where W&L stands in terms of employment (or as much as we can know ITE) and were excited to find out that they can actually have fun in Lex. I mean the ASW did just happen last weekend. But I can understand where you are coming from.