violaboy wrote:LAguy wrote:violaboy wrote:The further away I get from ASW, the more I liked Chicago, and the more I'm thinking of going there. We shall see...
Since it sounds like we had similar experiences at ASW, what is making you lean back towards Chicago? I am trying to get all the advice I can and a few people think I should still go there despite the lack of "fit".
Well, I'm trying to get off of my very first impression of the law students from Bar Review, who were generally very rude about me having any other choices in my future law school. Other than that, many I've spoken with just find it to be a boring place socially and you are just competing with kids who spend all day and all night in the library.
But while I was walking on the lakeshore, I remembered how much better the city of Chicago is than my alternative. It makes more sense for me and my SO to be there. And I forgot that I used to study an insane amount (and liked it) while in ugrad. I grew up around the super competitive Asians and Jews, so I guess it might be like going back to high school.
I know what you mean, I love Chicago (especially the lake trail), although it's a bit of a haul to Downtown/Lincoln Park during 1L, or conversely, from up North down to the law school 2L/3L, especially via public transit.
And the what you mention about studying is a big deal for me, maybe even more important than personal fit. At U of C, you have all these kids who are doing literally nothing but studying because they want clerkships/academia. They set an extremely high benchmark that determines how hard the rest of the class has to study to be top 1/3 or median. Couple this with 3 exam periods instead of the usual 2, and you're in an unending stressful environment surrounded by people who live at the library. That said, if you are used to that than maybe you would be fine, for me I think it may just be too much.
If you don't mind me asking, what is the alternative you referenced?