jrock12 wrote:nitsudrx...just curious what you thought about ASD? i know you made a pretty decent trip to get there
I was quite impressed with the ASD, though I was disappointed I didn't get to meet more prospective students or any professors. The layout of the day didn't lend itself as well to this, as GMU did for example (where I met many prospective students and was able to talk to professors for about 45 minutes).
I'll quickly run through my impressions of the day:
Welcome: Dean Treanor seemed really cool. I liked the way he spoke right off the bat. It seems like he really cares about the future of the school and the students. As someone else mentioned, it appears he takes a very hands on approach. As an aside, I have to wonder where they keep pulling this "15 most selective schools" fact from though. Clearly, the top 14 schools are more selective. Vanderbilt is more selective. I'm pretty sure UCLA and GW are slightly more selective as well.
Curriculum: I like the fact that Fordham offers a wide variety of courses. The presentation itself was ho-hum, but depth of course selection is impressive. The study abroad options are pretty neat (I wonder how this looks to employers?)
Mock Class: I know mixed things have been said on this thread, but I thought it was really fun, if perhaps unrepresentative of a real law class. The professor was great. I thought it was funny how he cold-called on prospective students!
Career Services: This dean is awesome. She is obviously very passionate about her job and Fordham. It seems Fordham has made great strides in this area under her. What she said about her old firm's managing partner (Sidley Austin) being a huge Fordham fan is definitely true. In fact, Sidley Austin took 14 associates from Fordham's 2008 class. The employment stats are definitely impressive, and it seems like Fordham does much better than its USNWR would indicate, or its internet reputation would lead one to believe.
Student Panel: Good mix of students.
Break out sessions: Only got to go to 2, evening division and financial aid. The evening division panelists were very informative. Man, the guy in the green shirt was incredibly smart. Law review, a full time job, and part time school. Incredible. I wasn't impressed by the dean of enrollment's financial aid presentation. The guy was closing his eyes and leaning on the desk. It seemed a bit insulting that he was speaking like this to students who are about to drop 100k+ on school... He spoke as if he was a cop reading us our Miranda Rights or something.
Overall, as I said before, quite impressed and almost worth the 10 hour bus ride (yes, because of assholes deciding it was a good idea to fill potholes during rush hour, the 4 hour drive from DC turned into 10.)