MoS wrote:robin600 wrote:Damn it I missed everyone!!!! So pissed! Got to meet a few though!! So next year (if I don't get off any wait lists) I will be living in old gold ct. apartments which is a seven min. walk to the law school, which is awesome! Super excited! For anyone who was wondering I have medium length curly blond hair wore a grey sweater and pants today, navy dress yesterday.
What did everyone think? I'm not going to lie, at first I was a bit turned off, 1) because mr. byrd had no idea who I was AFTER I told him about my PS and accommodated testing (either I must suck, or he wasn't on his game). 2) All the students who were on the panel were scholarship students, and me, not being a scholarship student wanted to talk to someone who wasn't a scholarship recipient to get their perspective on costs/debt management and loans. When I asked the scholarship students about it their response was "IDK I'm on scholarship." "Do you know who I can talk to?" "I guess Financial Aid." I felt like I was stupid or not "up to par", almost second class because I wasn't "scholarship material."
BUT...I think (I hope) this is only admissions talk, and things will change once I attend. I really liked that the law school is separated from the undergraduate sector and the class size is small. I also liked how willing career services are to work with you to find a job that you want in a place you want to work in, which is really important.
IDK, I don't think I'd be unhappy attending Iowa, but it's not my first choice, and if I'm accepted off of one of the three wait lists I am keeping I will attend there instead. IDK mixed vibes, need to think things over...someone talk some sense into me please!
I wouldn't worry about Mr. Byrd not knowing who you were. He seemed to be like a pretty busy man. He didn't even know where restaurants were in coralville because he was out of town so much. I didn't even try to say who I was to him as if he would know me. Then again my story wasn't as unique as yours.
I agree about the panel. I wish there were some students who were more in the middle. I got a scholarship, but I was curious how it was for average people, not just the people at the top. What, three present or former Student Bar presidents, a dual degree student who interns for Ford, two editors for the the journals; I didn't think that was a representative sample of the students.
But overall I was really impressed by the school and their programs. The clinics were a surprise to me. The website makes them seem a bit below par, which I guess they are on some level. But it doesn't talk about how they are more intensive than most programs because you can take them for 9hrs so students end up working in their "law firm" 30-35 hours a week. I like their writing programs too. Because that really is one of the most important part of the legal education. Also the abundance of research assistantships, and the open door policy made them look impressive.
All of that plus the scholarship was enough for me to look the other way from offers from some other schools. Though if I was going to pay full price, though the 2nd and 3rd really wouldn't be full price, I might consider somewhere else. But I like the openness and student center approach that permeated the school.
Oh and I thought the reception was a bust more than anything else, but I am not super sociable, so that may just be me.
You're right about Mr. Byrd being busy, he's very proactive. What really bugged me about meeting him in person was the fact that we have been conversing through email about setting up accommodations and what that entails. When I introduced myself, I said my name and I'm your accommodated prospective with visual problems, AND he still didn't know who I was. That to me is a HUGE slap in the face -1 Iowa.