How was ASW?!
The ASW itself was okay. I didn't learn much more than I already knew about Tulane, but I learned a lot more about NOLA and was sad to leave. DC looked so sad and pathetic when I landed
Agreed on this. Overall, I really liked the campus, and the current students I encountered were friendly and seemed bright. However, I found many of the speakers to be a bit dry (is anyone truly EXCITED and enthusiastic and absolutely IN LOVE with the school? If so, I'm not sure that came through), and the career info session was not all that impressive. A lot of the information was very vague and general, in my opinion. I do not doubt that half a dozen students from the past few graduating classes have landed some prestigious and/or unique jobs (as presented in the powerpoint); however, that is not all that reassuring for those of us weighing the actual career prospects out of Tulane. Other schools I have visited presented graphs and charts outlining this data, even if such figures were not overly impressive. I would have asked about these figures at the Q&A portion of the session if there had been time for one! I just did not get the impression that Tulane students are finding solid summer associate opportunities or abundant post-grad opportunities. I realize that is largely a product of the economy/job market, but it seemed like things were rougher for Tulane students than I've found of other law students at similarly ranked schools in cities with larger legal markets. It definitely did seem like Tulane does well placing students into local public interest jobs, but firm prospects and opportunities outside the region seemed less than promising. One current student (a 3L) told me that almost all of the firms who come for OCI are LA firms. He also told me that opportunities outside of the southeastern US, Texas, and California (?) are few and far between. I have no idea if this is correct information, but it bummed me out a little nonetheless.
This is just my takeaway feeling from ASD. Please feel free to offer any additional perspectives on the career situation or anything else!
I think that they got across the "Don't come here if you only want biglaw" message pretty well. There seems to be a big focus on public interest, which surprised me coming from a private school. I agree that most of the speakers didn't really say anything you couldn't gleam from the website. I loved Professor Hoeffel's presentation. She seemed very honest with her answers, even if they wouldn't be popular with the admissions office.