fordtheriver wrote:1L taking questions.
What do you see as the most important positives/negatives about MSU Law?
How is the social life/cohesiveness of student body?
Would you put it under the category of having a competitive feel or collegial feel?
The SBA is really quite good at getting people to socialize. I dont find most people to be very competitive. I would say that MSU is probably one of the least competitive schools I looked at (I looked at schools in all of the "tiers" and all over the country). Granted, there are a few "gunners," but generally people are friendly.
Things I like: MSU offers great scholarships and the faculty genuinely seems to care. I have never seen a school with such passionate employees. Additionally, the school genuinely cares about the local community and is constantly offering charitable opportunities. MSU is probably the most impressive school I looked at in that respect (although to be fair I'm not sure it was something I noticed or inquired about when I looked at other schools). It is very affordable to live here which certainly should be taken into consideration. The campus is also quite nice. The MSU name may be even better out of state (in my experience) and is generally assumed to be a great school. I definitely think the ranking will rise.
Things I don't like: There seems to be a section full of the majority of scholarship students (many people do not discuss scholarships but we are future lawyers after all, it is not that hard to figure it out). This could be a problem with the curve system. It is supposed to be random, but it may not have worked out that way this year. I have not heard that from other classes so perhaps this year was a fluke. Additionally, parking is a pain.