A level of collegiality you will not find at other national schools. What they lack in location they truthfully do make up for with the alumni network. Every alumni I've ever reached out to has immediately gotten back to me and has made time for me.Downers
Location is severely lacking; South Bend has very little to do. Football season is fun but once that is over the weekends make studying much easier for there are no real alternatives to fill your time.Comments
Notre Dame is very generous with scholarships. If you are looking at other similar tier national schools (i.e., WashU; Vandy; GW; etc.) the offer you receive from ND, even if you are not serious about attending, would provide nice bargaining leverage.Would You Recommend
Alumni network is amazing. People are so helpful, making it easy to get a job.Downers
The diversity is not great. Too many of the professors express their conservative views.Comments
They can expect to have a lot of fun, but work hard. It was a great decision to attend.Would You Recommend
The collegial atmosphere is truly unique. From personal experience, I know that students (even those outside your friend group) are more than willing to help with study groups, notes, and anything else you may need. The school also does an excellent job of providing students with every resource needed to be competitive in a difficult job market. For example, the Career Development Office is staffed with exceptionally successful individuals that understand exactly what a student needs to do in order to get a job - whether that job is a clerkship or with a private firm.
NDLS has ample funding and resources to ensure that your education will be provided by exceptionally qualified professors. The administration has made me feel as though they genuinely value my feedback as a student and are constantly taking measures to improve. Further, the faculty seem to enjoy working for NDLS and interacting with the students - I enjoy relationships with many of my professors.
Additionally, the law school student body takes full advantage of Notre Dame's traditional collegiate offerings. There are weekend tailgates for football games, groups that travel to away games, and a weekly bowling tournament between law students during the Spring semester.
Overall, I think anybody that values camaraderie would be comfortable. For me, NDLS is a great combination of a student body that is committed to excellence without taking itself too seriously or being too cutthroat competitive.Downers
South Bend, as a city, leaves a lot to be desired. In many ways, you have to find your own fun. However, with Chicago nearby, it is always pretty easy escape and get exposure to a bigger city.
With the law school in the middle of the main campus, there are numerous undergraduates taking up tables in the commons and library. This problem annoys people to varying degrees (I personally have not cared about the undergrads).Comments
The admissions staff is the best. During my search, I initially fell in love with the school because of the honesty and commitment shown by these individuals. If I were a prospective student, I would not worry that NDLS is merely using a recruiting pitch to win me over - the school only wants you if you will be a genuinely good fit and WANT to be there.Would You Recommend
Great professors, wonderful faculty, the school really wants you to succeed. I'm happy i choose this school.Downers
Nothing specifically about this school is bad, just the general market for lawyers is what i like least.Comments
This school is great, you will not regret choosing this school.Would You Recommend
Classes are great, taught by well-credentialed practitioners who can effectively balance theory and practical skills. Sizes are of course fairly large for first-year doctrinal courses, but no class has more than 80 or so people in it. Going forward there are opportunities for many smaller seminars. Our faculty include many SCOTUS clerks, as well as G. Robert Blakey (drafted the RICO statute) and Bill Kelley (Assoc. White House Counsel). Notre Dame also features the only year-round study program in London, which a number o my friends are doing. Looks great.Quality of Life
Cost of living in South Bend is cheap. Cheap. Decent facilities on campus getting better by the day. Fun atheltic environment with the fighting irish, and plenty of socializing with the law student body itself. Crime and safety aren't really issues.Admissions
Fairly standard process early on, one excellent feature of the school is the very active waitlist. I constantly received updates as well as the opportunity for follow-up interviews. Additionally, there was still scholarship money available for waitlisters.Level