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Deciding Where to Go => Choosing the Right Law School => Topic started by: sapphireowl on March 31, 2009, 06:59:00 AM

Title: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on March 31, 2009, 06:59:00 AM
Who is set on coming to Saint Louis School of law after coming to the admitted students weekend? I believe that i will be attending. The St. Louis Area will take some getting used to since it is so different from the region of the U.S. where i grew up. In any case, i am excited about the opportunities that Saint Louis Law can give me.I would like to get to know my other classmates so that when i move up there i know that there's other people out there in the same boat. So feel free to introduce yourselves on this board and share info.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: ntiger on March 31, 2009, 07:02:08 AM
SLU SUCKS! 

...just kidding.  I am secretly in love but unable to run with the 34k non-scholarship tuition rates.  Nice meeting you at admitted weekend, and best of luck to you!  There was a lot of great students there.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on March 31, 2009, 07:04:31 AM
It was a pleasure meeting you too ntiger. I especially enjoyed our conversation about the many neighborhoods of St. Louis.lol.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: ntiger on March 31, 2009, 07:29:41 AM
Ha, STL can be a scary place in parts but there is a large group of people that love the city fiercly.  If anyone is going there from out of state, PM me and I will tell you the good and bad parts to live.  It is cheap to live there, so thats always a plus!
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: snakemongler84 on March 31, 2009, 09:19:46 AM
Can you just highlight some of the good & bad areas in this thread?  I only got to stay for Friday's events, so I didn't hear much about housing (was held on Sat).

I've been looking at the area around Tower Park, and some nearer to Soulard (sp?).  Also, it would be kinda cool to live downtown.  What do you think about these choices, and also - what were your impressions from Day 2?
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Contract2008 on March 31, 2009, 10:40:37 AM
Who is set on coming to Saint Louis School of law after coming to the admitted students weekend? I believe that i will be attending. The St. Louis Area will take some getting used to since it is so different from the region of the U.S. where i grew up. In any case, i am excited about the opportunities that Saint Louis Law can give me.I would like to get to know my other classmates so that when i move up there i know that there's other people out there in the same boat. So feel free to introduce yourselves on this board and share info.

Are you getting scholarships?  If not, it migh tnot worth the risk. 

Have you talk to any graduates from class of 2008 and 2007 and see how they and their classmates are doing job wise?  If the answer is no, you need to start digging more before you get yourself into debt and possibly with job upton graduation.  By the way, don't pay attention to those "employment stats" provided by the school. If you've done your research, you know how realiable they are.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on March 31, 2009, 11:03:33 AM
Day 2 was nice snakemongler.The dean gave a lecture on the case given to us in our Admitted students weekend package. We also had the chance to talk to the Faculty and hear their approaches to law. I think that they were all very intelligent professionals.Going to that weekend made me cast serious doubts on the validity of the US NEWS rankings..the professors spoke about the school's law clinic that is the official representation of the HUD office of Saint Louis as well as their business and criminal law Clinics and the fact that unlike many other law schools, they are hiring more professors to reduce class sizes to a yale -like 25 to 1 student to Professor Ratio. After the Faculty Panel we had lunch with the students and then had a housing fair with representatives from apartments in the area in attendance, as well as SLU students passing out regional apartment guides which was nice of them.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on March 31, 2009, 11:05:09 AM
From what i have heard Snakemongler, the neighborhood directly south of the university (tower Grove/ Soulard) is a nice, safe place to live..and is way cheaper than lining in the Coronado or the Horrid University Lofts.lol.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on March 31, 2009, 11:08:31 AM
Contract 2008, you have a point. I appreciate your remarks.It is ALWAYS a good idea to sniff  out the legal market of a region before you decide to go to it's Law school...cause the last thing we all want is to go to law school in a region where there are no good jobs available. I do not believe that St. Louis Has this problem though since SLU alums are in law firms everywhere and they like to recruit only their own people..providing that the SLU graduate is able and qualified.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Contract2008 on March 31, 2009, 04:39:44 PM
I do not believe that St. Louis Has this problem though since SLU alums are in law firms everywhere and they like to recruit only their own people..

This makes me laugh.   ;D

Law graduates these days are desperate enough to go any where jobs are maybe (just maybe) excluding North Dakota.  If you think law firms with partners graduated from St. Louis will hire you over some guy from WUSTL, University of Texas, or Vanderbilt, with everything being the same, you're dreaming. 
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on April 01, 2009, 06:20:56 AM
I do not believe that St. Louis Has this problem though since SLU alums are in law firms everywhere and they like to recruit only their own people..

This makes me laugh.   ;D

Law graduates these days are desperate enough to go any where jobs are maybe (just maybe) excluding North Dakota.  If you think law firms with partners graduated from St. Louis will hire you over some guy from WUSTL, University of Texas, or Vanderbilt, with everything being the same, you're dreaming. 

I tried to be nice on here. To respect your view. Listen man, I know that you are wrapped up in that "my school's name will make up for the obvious Lack of Talent I have school of thought". I know that I am good at law...and it doesn't matter if I go to WUSTL or SLU or Widener..I will sell myself and I will make an impact. I'm not going to law school to get a  JD with a fancy name like "Harvard". I am going to Law school to learn how to Read, analyze, and use the law to better society. I will be able going to the best school for me..not the best one for a lot of followers.

The thing that is messed up with your logic is that you think that a school's "Name" defines a "lawyer". How about you win a few cases and be in the legal profession for 10 years then tell me if what school a lawyer is an alma mater of means squat if he spouts out nonsense like you do.

I appreciated your first comment, but i did not ask for negativity on my thread. If you want to bring that then stay off.And i can tell you one thing, I hope that I do see you in court..I will wipe the floor with you.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: ntiger on April 01, 2009, 06:47:32 AM
Haha oh lordy.  Sapphire, you seemed so nice in person. It's always the quiet ones you have to worry about!

Anyways...

Soulard is amazing.  Its very historic, safe, and has a great mardi gras festival in which you can sell your parking spaces for like $10 bucks an hour for a three day weekend!  Tower Grove, I love... very old and historic and many buildings have been renovated.  That being said, there are still falling down buildings and crime.  Same with Forest Park area.  I've lived there and never felt unsafe, but if you are from suburbia it could be a rude awakening.

Central West End is safe, clean, and upscale if you can afford it.

Stay away from Illinois or anything north (Hazelwood, Florissant, etc.)

Best place to live in STL is West of the city.  Webster Groves, Kirkwood, Brentwood, Ladue, Clayton, Rock Hill, parts of Maplewood.  Its more expensive and farther away though -- but again if you are from suburbia that is where you will probably be happiest.

Make it easy - stay at the Coronado.  It is across the street from the law school and is an old renovated hotel that looks amazing inside and is full of SLU students.

http://www.frontdoorstl.com/?pg=property&pid=3701lindell

Good luck and enjoy Saint Louis for me!  I sided with the negativity of the post and decided it was too much money.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on April 01, 2009, 07:31:43 AM
Lol..I am nice guy ntiger..i just don't like it when people are negative..sometimes, it is just rude.lol...I made that comment because browsing through this website i see a lot of people crushing other's dreams unnecessarily.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: ntiger on April 01, 2009, 08:36:17 AM
I don't want to crush your dreams, I will let law school do that ;D
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Contract2008 on April 01, 2009, 10:25:59 AM
I don't want to crush your dreams, I will let law school do that ;D

This is the credited response.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: lawnewbie09 on April 05, 2009, 12:14:41 PM
I couldnt make the admitted day, so I just did the tour and sat in a class and based on what you commented here, I missed a lot.  Did they mention about when you can do clinics?  Did they mention anything about how they grade in the course; meaning is there only one exam or other papers or anything that is considered for a grade?    I am having a hard time deciding on St louis and a school in Boston...and I have one week left to decide.  So anything you can share from your admitted day would be great.  Also, anybody from St.Louis seeing this ...can I live in St. Louis without a car?  Thanks
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: lawnewbie09 on April 05, 2009, 12:21:16 PM
At your admitted day, did they mention the top three areas at SLU?  Besides health law, what else are their positives? Did the faculty mention what methods they use to teach a class?  The one class I sat in on was sooo quiet.  It was a contracts class and wondering if all of them are. What was your experience observing class?
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Contract2008 on April 05, 2009, 12:58:06 PM
I couldnt make the admitted day, so I just did the tour and sat in a class and based on what you commented here, I missed a lot.  Did they mention about when you can do clinics?  Did they mention anything about how they grade in the course; meaning is there only one exam or other papers or anything that is considered for a grade?    I am having a hard time deciding on St louis and a school in Boston...and I have one week left to decide.  So anything you can share from your admitted day would be great.  Also, anybody from St.Louis seeing this ...can I live in St. Louis without a car?  Thanks

It seems that you haven't done much research on law school.  Did you apply because you couldn't find a job with your undergrad degree? 
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: lawnewbie09 on April 05, 2009, 01:26:37 PM
Well, I have gotten conflicting information from admissions and their online resources, so I was trying to find students who attend SLU currently or were at the admitted day program who could shed some new information on this school.  And, I am trying to get more opinions than one admissions person selling their law school.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: rabbitz on April 05, 2009, 08:06:55 PM
Lawnewbie: I did not attend the admitted student weekend, but I did attend open house in January. I don't know anything about the clinics, but I know that their curve is notoriously tough - I believe a 2.7 or so (it is on wikipedia). However, none of the students I spoke with said that they had known anyone who dropped out and I do not think their attrition rate is very high (but of course, this is only a few students who were probably chosen only to speak positively of the school...).


Anyways, I am seriously considering attending SLU in the Fall. However, I have no scholarships to the school! Is anyone else paying full price?? I am just wondering everyone's opinion on paying 34,000/year + on this expensive school!
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: just Trev on April 05, 2009, 08:14:26 PM
i turned down a $24k per year scholarship. 

i think anything over $20k/year is too much for this school...

this is my completely relative personal opinion and should not necessarily apply to anyone else.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: thinkinoutloud on April 05, 2009, 08:53:38 PM
Hey all, I'm happy to see this thread...I live in St. Louis currently and am weighing my options in joining the class of '12 at SLU.  The St Louis area has it's pro's and cons: it has to be the biggest small town you have ever been to.  Most of the people here are from here, grew up here, and have the same friends they did in the 5th grade...that being said, it i a relaxed place and the people are generally nice.

I attended the AS Weekend and thought it was great. The faculty seemed extremely accessible and despite the less than stellar facilities I got a very positive vibe.  The Health Law program has a national reputation and could be a good ticket to DC if that is what you are interested in.  I have heard good things about the International/Comparative Law Certificate as well.  Overall, I am excite about SLU, but I don't have to foot the entire $34k...so that helps.  If you want to know more about STL or where to live, don't hesitate to holla at me!
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on April 06, 2009, 08:11:49 AM
I couldnt make the admitted day, so I just did the tour and sat in a class and based on what you commented here, I missed a lot.  Did they mention about when you can do clinics?  Did they mention anything about how they grade in the course; meaning is there only one exam or other papers or anything that is considered for a grade?    I am having a hard time deciding on St louis and a school in Boston...and I have one week left to decide.  So anything you can share from your admitted day would be great.  Also, anybody from St.Louis seeing this ...can I live in St. Louis without a car?  Thanks

The professors primarily discussed their teaching philosophies and what subjects in law they're experts on. There is a really good business law professor there...at least that is my opinion of him..i do a pretty good job of spotting difficult but great professors and i believe that he is one of them. And no, you cannot live in St. Louis without a car because it is a wide Metropolitan area spread across three counties.  If you are price conscious when it comes to Apartments, you might want to live more than three of four blocks away from the law school since the apts surrounding the Law school are very expensive but not that great, except the Coronado which is a 1920's era Luxury hotel that was renovated into a apartment building, whose rooms are relatively great compared to the other apts around the university..they are pricey, but the good thing is that all utilities are included (internet, Electricity Heat..etc.). I liked the facilities..they were nicer than most schools i've attended..i did go to state school so maybe that's why.

Also, the Law school does get involved in the community-- a LOT ..more so than the Infamous WASH U...for the ranking pundits, i applied there too and will turn down an offer of acceptance from them if i get one, and go to SLU. I believe that there is more to  choosing the right law schools than what other people think about them..it matters what I think about them. I mean, I will be the one going there anyway..not the guys from US news or the many trolls on LSD.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: ntiger on April 06, 2009, 08:27:44 AM
IMO, 34k for this school is too much.  I would have attended had I received a scholarship.

That being said, St Louis (love it to death) is very clique-ish.  When I got on at a bank, the first interview question they asked is 'Where did you go to highschool?'  People from STL stay in STL and things that may seem stupid like where you went to school, family name, etc. can matter in some circles.  This is the reason that SLU places so well in the area.  It has the reputation locally based on word of mouth and contacts and is familiar.  However, I worry to an extent how many of these SLU grads are getting awesome jobs in STL because of their family connections and not education or work done by career services.

Another word of advice, lawyers have told me that if you are out of state and attend SLU you are looked upon less favorably than STL natives who attend SLU.  Its the mindset of 'us vs. them' and employers worry less about you jetting off to another part of the country anytime.  Again, people from STL stay in STL.

In conclusion, go to SLU if you can afford it and want to stay in STL.  If you have any doubt about the cost or staying in the region, walk away.  Admitted Students weekend said that they place a lot of grads in WashDC and Chicago -- that is misleading, as most of the grads placed there are in Health Law.  If you aren't health law, good luck getting in there!
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on April 06, 2009, 09:25:22 AM
IMO, 34k for this school is too much.  I would have attended had I received a scholarship.

That being said, St Louis (love it to death) is very clique-ish.  When I got on at a bank, the first interview question they asked is 'Where did you go to highschool?'  People from STL stay in STL and things that may seem stupid like where you went to school, family name, etc. can matter in some circles.  This is the reason that SLU places so well in the area.  It has the reputation locally based on word of mouth and contacts and is familiar.  However, I worry to an extent how many of these SLU grads are getting awesome jobs in STL because of their family connections and not education or work done by career services.

Another word of advice, lawyers have told me that if you are out of state and attend SLU you are looked upon less favorably than STL natives who attend SLU.  Its the mindset of 'us vs. them' and employers worry less about you jetting off to another part of the country anytime.  Again, people from STL stay in STL.

In conclusion, go to SLU if you can afford it and want to stay in STL.  If you have any doubt about the cost or staying in the region, walk away.  Admitted Students weekend said that they place a lot of grads in WashDC and Chicago -- that is misleading, as most of the grads placed there are in Health Law.  If you aren't health law, good luck getting in there!

I agree with this..maybe it's from talking with you about it so much...but what you said does warrant attention.I've heard about the cliqish nature of the community from many people who live in STL..even the Taxi Cab driver who drove me to the airport...So, yes, i am sure that many firms will probably ask SLU student if they are looking to stay in STL...as for me i will..i like the vibe in STL and coming from megalopolis South Florida, i can appreciate a more laid back environment..plus, i am a secret rams and cardinals fan.lol...plus i like snow.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: ntiger on April 06, 2009, 02:59:00 PM
You'll be just fine!  Congrats and let me know how it goes, I will be on the other end of the state  ;D  Who knows, I might end up trying to transfer there myself.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Mulliganstew on April 06, 2009, 06:16:08 PM
My cousin is a 3L at SLU, and he said he's terrified about finding a job. Take this with a grain of salt, however, as my aunt seems to think he's barely scraping by.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Contract2008 on April 06, 2009, 07:21:59 PM
Hey all, I'm happy to see this thread...I live in St. Louis currently and am weighing my options in joining the class of '12 at SLU.  The St Louis area has it's pro's and cons: it has to be the biggest small town you have ever been to.  Most of the people here are from here, grew up here, and have the same friends they did in the 5th grade...that being said, it i a relaxed place and the people are generally nice.

I attended the AS Weekend and thought it was great. The faculty seemed extremely accessible and despite the less than stellar facilities I got a very positive vibe.  The Health Law program has a national reputation and could be a good ticket to DC if that is what you are interested in.  I have heard good things about the International/Comparative Law Certificate as well.  Overall, I am excite about SLU, but I don't have to foot the entire $34k...so that helps.  If you want to know more about STL or where to live, don't hesitate to holla at me!

So naive.    8)
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Contract2008 on April 06, 2009, 07:22:49 PM
My cousin is a 3L at SLU, and he said he's terrified about finding a job. Take this with a grain of salt, however, as my aunt seems to think he's barely scraping by.

This is the credited response.

Your cousin is not alone.  Many, if not most, of his classmates are in the same boat. 
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Mulliganstew on April 06, 2009, 08:08:25 PM
My cousin is a 3L at SLU, and he said he's terrified about finding a job. Take this with a grain of salt, however, as my aunt seems to think he's barely scraping by.

This is the credited response.

Your cousin is not alone.  Many, if not most, of his classmates are in the same boat. 

I think you're too dumb to understand the implied meaning of "barely scraping by."
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Contract2008 on April 06, 2009, 09:29:00 PM
My cousin is a 3L at SLU, and he said he's terrified about finding a job. Take this with a grain of salt, however, as my aunt seems to think he's barely scraping by.

This is the credited response.

Your cousin is not alone.  Many, if not most, of his classmates are in the same boat. 

I think you're too dumb to understand the implied meaning of "barely scraping by."


I think you're too dumb to understand that outside the top 25%-50%, it matters very little. With your sub 3.0 GPA, you belong in Drexel or some expensive private school.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Mulliganstew on April 06, 2009, 10:10:28 PM

I think you're too dumb to understand that outside the top 25%-50%, it matters very little. With your sub 3.0 GPA, you belong in Drexel or some expensive private school.

JDU troll I presume.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: lawnewbie09 on April 07, 2009, 05:58:48 AM
Can we bring this back to some helpful sharing of information so those of us trying to decide can get some positives and negatives on SLU?  The sincere comments are appreciated. After visiting, did you feel the school was basically all HEALTH LAW? and my concern is what if we change our direction and health law is not our area that we want to pursue, then how is SLU?   

Any help here would be great, and try to keep the thread from being critical of any of us spending money to have a law career ....we want to make this a better world.

so tell me everything you can about st louis and the school .....thanks
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on April 07, 2009, 06:28:53 AM
Can we bring this back to some helpful sharing of information so those of us trying to decide can get some positives and negatives on SLU?  The sincere comments are appreciated. After visiting, did you feel the school was basically all HEALTH LAW? and my concern is what if we change our direction and health law is not our area that we want to pursue, then how is SLU?   

Any help here would be great, and try to keep the thread from being critical of any of us spending money to have a law career ....we want to make this a better world.

so tell me everything you can about st louis and the school .....thanks
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I agree, but sometimes the trolls do come..and we have to spend time shooing them away.Anyway, the school to me did not seem all health law..as i said earlier,they had a very good corporate professor and had a good corporate law program international and domestic focusing on transactions, commercial real estate, acquisitions, and mergers. Plus the University has a pretty good public interest law clinic in a stand alone facility down the street.

As for St. Louis, it is best to visit it before August when you are moving up. The city is nice but it is an old city with lots of old architecture. The city seems to have a policy of preserving old building and restoring and renovating them instead of bulldozing down history which is nice because that way of thinking is so rare among major American Cities. So it is best to take a visit to the city if you are from a megalopolis like NY or such for it takes some getting used to.

The St. Louis Lambert International Airport is the only airport that I have ever been to that has a parking lot directly in front of the airport entrance..so flying out of ST. Louis is a breeze..the Airport never gets too congested. There are many different ethnic and historically significant neighborhoods in St. Louis like in the other more northern cities of Chicago, NYC and Milwaukee. From what the 1L's, 2L's and 3L's tell me, it doesn't snow too much, but it is really cold throughout the Winter.Anything else you wanna know just ask. And contract, stop pestering people. We are looking at SLU because we like the school..regardless of perceived rank..i was accepted to Wash U but i like SLU and their willingness to help their community.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: lawnewbie09 on April 07, 2009, 06:50:14 AM
on a side note, a friend from WUSL said the best professor she has ever had was from SLU law....haha

I was at SLU one day, and not at an admitted day, so it probably was a bad decision on my part not to stay another day to explore the school more. I thought the campus was great, the lounge and library at SLU was great and the big window sitting over the lawns and fountains was a beautiful rest in a day.  Cheap housing is all around and you get tons included,some fireplaces, washer/dryer etc all for a great great price.

I need more about the school itself though so anything you can tell me in detail would be great...or I will have to call them again.... ..about the health institute and actually what they really do and how that helps a law student?  where the jobs are after graduating from there?

And, my concern is, if I chose to want to practice in Boston say, how will chosing SLU help me ...or would it be better to go to a law school in Boston now even though its lower on the rankings?

so send me anything you can think of

Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: sapphireowl on April 07, 2009, 07:12:50 AM
on a side note, a friend from WUSL said the best professor she has ever had was from SLU law....haha

I was at SLU one day, and not at an admitted day, so it probably was a bad decision on my part not to stay another day to explore the school more. I thought the campus was great, the lounge and library at SLU was great and the big window sitting over the lawns and fountains was a beautiful rest in a day.  Cheap housing is all around and you get tons included,some fireplaces, washer/dryer etc all for a great great price.

I need more about the school itself though so anything you can tell me in detail would be great...or I will have to call them again.... ..about the health institute and actually what they really do and how that helps a law student?  where the jobs are after graduating from there?

And, my concern is, if I chose to want to practice in Boston say, how will chosing SLU help me ...or would it be better to go to a law school in Boston now even though its lower on the rankings?

so send me anything you can think of



The career Services office representative talked about that very subject..trying to get a job out of region.She said honestly that SLU places the best within the Law school's region.she said that if a person wanted to practice on the East Coast that they should go to the East Coast School.As for the East coast school being ranked lower it depends on how much..i mean, at least the people in Boston would know a decent amount about the school you graduated from if you decided to go to school in the Boston area. People who go to SLU are looking to stay in St. Louis..or at least work there for a while until the resume, experience and reputation grows..so you have to keep that in mind. As for the Health Law program, They place all over the East..even D.C. But that program is the exception since the program is ranked #1 in the Nation.I know that if you decide to go into health law you can get a dual degree a J.D. with a Masters in Public Health.
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: ntiger on April 07, 2009, 08:52:35 AM
Saphire, we're cool in all, but if you got into WashU I would take that and run!  I don't say this condescendingly considering i'm attending a T3, and I think your own opinions on school ultimately matter.  SLU is good, but WUSTL is on a whole different level in and out of STL.  Its extra $$ since you got a scholarship at SLU, so if you are debt averse than that is one thing.  But in all honestly, if you can afford it, WashU is a far better option.  They offer all the positives that SLU does (don't most law schools have public interest clinics anyways?) and the umph to set you miles ahead of SLU grads in the job search.

Just my .02 cents!  Atleast tour the campus.  Take it from an STL'er who is too poor to attend SLU and not smart enough to go to WashU... WashU > SLU. :-X
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: lawnewbie09 on April 08, 2009, 01:46:35 PM
Can you share what impressed you about SLU?  and what did you find that was a stronger positive over one of your other choices?  What did you learn or observe that might help us decide on SLU over our other choices.

thanks for anything you can share with all of us
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: lawnewbie09 on April 09, 2009, 08:25:31 AM
pjex,

thanks for you observations.  will you be concentrating in health law and if so, how was the reception in that area with the local firms?  What is your view on the grade curve at SLU?   And, if your not concentrating in health law, what is your view on the other areas at SLU?  my fear, is, what if, I change my area of interest while there and not sure what are their other strengths there?  Would you agree that I would be at a disadvantage without a car or could i manage within the are without one?
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: ntiger on April 09, 2009, 11:54:51 AM
Can you share what impressed you about SLU?  and what did you find that was a stronger positive over one of your other choices?  What did you learn or observe that might help us decide on SLU over our other choices.

thanks for anything you can share with all of us

I would not recommend people make the decision I have, however, unless they have really compelling reasons.  Turning down a higher ranked school is a very personal decision, and just because I think it will work for me doesn't mean that it will, nor that it would work for anyone else. 

I think thats a great point.  It is personal wherever you decide to go.  If you are unsure about staying  in STL, then I think WashU would be a clear choice if cost wasn't a huge issue.  If you are an STL groupie, by all means SLU is great. :-)
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: *K on May 02, 2009, 10:48:06 PM
I am a 3L at SLU (for another few days!!!) and just wanted to note how happy I am with my decision to attend SLU.  During my time at SLU I was a student ambassador so some of you may have met me on your tour or at Admitted Student Weekend.  That's not why I am posting here though, I promise!  I just know that I would have loved to have some insider perspective before I started school.  If you have questions you can e-mail me at karenrippelmeyer@gmail.com.  Good luck to all of you and welcome to SLU for all of those who are coming in the fall!

P.S. This post should give you some idea of what it's like to be a law student during finals -- It's a Saturday night and I'm home studying but needed a break so I'm searching for young slu lawyers on google and ended up here. 
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: Contract2008 on May 03, 2009, 07:01:33 AM
I am a 3L at SLU (for another few days!!!) and just wanted to note how happy I am with my decision to attend SLU.  During my time at SLU I was a student ambassador so some of you may have met me on your tour or at Admitted Student Weekend.  That's not why I am posting here though, I promise!  I just know that I would have loved to have some insider perspective before I started school.  If you have questions you can e-mail me at karenrippelmeyer@gmail.com.  Good luck to all of you and welcome to SLU for all of those who are coming in the fall!

P.S. This post should give you some idea of what it's like to be a law student during finals -- It's a Saturday night and I'm home studying but needed a break so I'm searching for young slu lawyers on google and ended up here. 

Do you have a job already?  How much does it pay? 

Do most of your classmates have a legal job lined up?
Title: Re: Saint Louis University Schoolof Law Class of '12
Post by: cpeterson on June 16, 2009, 07:36:12 AM
i just made the decision to go to SLU over WashU as well. In the end, the $$$ is not chump change ($20k/year in loans at SLU b/c of scholarship vs 60K/yr at WashU) and I really do want to stay in the St. Louis area.
Can anyone tell me more about health law? What kind of jobs are common/available to people that get these (or other) certificates?