How was ASD for the people who went? I was considering on going...but I was lazy....
I suppose this is a bit late, but I was at the ASD on the 16th and was impressed. I've been to other ASDs and, while it was lacking in some ways, it definitely left me with a great impression of the school.
One of the professors (Mitchell) led a in-class discussion of evidence which was great. He had us separate into groups and briefly argue against each other regarding whether a piece of evidence should be heard by the court. It was fun and helped give me a concrete idea of the kind of thinking that law school requires.
They also had ten or so current students/recent alumni speak about their experiences, with a lot of Q&A. It was very helpful to hear directly from students. The campus tour was also led by some current students. The law building was much nicer than I expected, and the surrounding area was hip and a lot of fun. Most people in that area seemed to be in their mid-late 20's and early 30's and there was great nightlife only a few blocks away.
I was a bit disappointed with the presentation on careers, however. They seemed to suggest that it was not only hard, but really really
hard to get a job in this economy. They were not very open about job statistics either. One of the admin people mentioned that she thought the average private practice-focused student could probably get $75k if they wanted it and that top students would make six figures. But again, there were no statistics mentioned.
I will also note that one of the professors said that the school intends to be in the USNWR top 50 within the next ten years or so. It was hard to detect how realistic they thought that was. Given this year's drop, I find that somewhat hard to believe.
Overall I felt that UW will continue to be the major player in the northwest for the foreseeable future, but that Seattle U is an excellent choice for students who want to practice in Washington state and Seattle specifically.
I sent in my deposit.