Apologies for a lack of posts recently. Congratulations to those who took the February LSAT and those who recently got acceptance letters to law schools. Sorry, Rachel Zane.
I recently made a trip to Washington D.C. to visit two law schools, visit a law school friend, and enjoy my first time in the nation’s capital. I flew into Reagan National Airport and took the stayed in the Foggy Bottom/George Washington University area, uncertain about whether I wanted to go to law school. I left Washington, D.C. with the same amount of uncertainty about law school, an increase in weight, and an increase in happiness.
There are bus lines that well get you from the larger Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Dulles, Virginia but no direct metro service. It would be better if you secured a non-stop flight or a cheap alternative to Reagan National (DCA), where you can take a half an hour Metro ride or a cab through Arlington, VA to Foggy Bottom Metro Station (23rd and I Streets Northwest). You’ll ride the Blue line towards Largo Town Center, not the Blue line towards Franconia/Springfield or the Yellow line to either Huntington or Fort Totten directions. You can save yourself some money ($1 each way on rail, $0.20 on bus) and time by purchasing a Smartrip card online or at any Metrorail station. Get to know the different lines (Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Yellow) and directions the Metro trains service so it’s a little easier to navigate around the city. It’s cold outside so layer up.
Like drinking milk, figuring out the Metro system is initially tough.
If you stay in Foggy Bottom like I did, you’ll be a short distance away from landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. You’ll either be in or around the George Washington University undergraduate campus, which is more like NYU/NYU Law than Berkeley/Boalt Hall. Foot and car traffic cuts through the campus, whereas the car traffic is limited to the roads surrounding UC Berkeley. The six buildings that make up George Washington Law are located on the southeast corner of campus, on the blocks of 20th and 21st Streets between G and H Streets.
You’ll be a short walk or Metro ride away from a lot of great American brunch/dinner offerings nearby. There are a few popular options in Foggy Bottom but you could always decide to explore spots in different areas of Washington D.C. I’ll detail my experiences of guided tours at GWU Law, the Smithsonian Museums and National Gallery of Art (outdoor rink!), the lack of a guided tour at Georgetown Law, and the food soon.