Wow Yankees fan, thank you soo much, that was really helpful.
I'm quite sure that i'm going to give up my scholarship to penn state to go to usd b/c it keeps sounding better and better. At first I was going to choose pepperdine over usd, but I feel as if it's only the hype of it's rise in rankings that's making it more popular than the law school itself.
I gave up 40k over the 3 years at Miami. Almost 75k if I lose my scholarship. However, I consider it money well spent.
And as far as Pepperdine goes, don't let the shift in this year's rankings fool you. Pepp is a fine law school, but you will not convince me that it went from a relatively far inferior school to USD to better in 12 months time. USD has tougher admissions requirements, a much better faculty, higher bar passage rate and is about even in all other aspects. Pepperdine claims like 97% employed within 9 months. I'd like to know how many of those are at temp jobs photocopying papers and getting coffee for people. Also, note only 35% of their grads reported salary compared to 75% at USD. Says something about who's salary statistics to put more faith in. Rest assured, USD will climb back up next year.
I was afraid the job prospects for usd wasn't going to be good, but if people just don't leave sd b/c of location not b/c they can't find jobs that puts my mind at ease. Even if i don't end up leaving SD, i want to know that even if i did i would find a pretty decent, well paid, job.
Don't expect to make 100k+ coming out of USD. Is it possible? Absolutely. However, it'll require great connections or a very high class ranking (i.e. top 10%). However, there are many well paying jobs for the taking if you perform well enough. Don't expect a great job if you place in the bottom of your class. However, that will be no different at PSU or Pepperdine.
When you say near usd campus, is it walkable? or do i need to invest in a car? I kind of want to live near other law students for ease of studying or whatever else, b/c i know absolutely nobody in sd.
It depends where. Some yes, some no. The ones that are walkable are about a 5-15 minute walk. Some are down a steep hill though, which might deter some people.
I must be killing you with all my questions, but do you know what the students at usd are like? i really don't want to go to a nonsocial school or a school full of snobs and arrogant students. is it a pretty chilled environment?
Well, what really sold me on USD was just how happy and friendly all the USD students were. It's one of about 4-5 schools I visited, and none of the others compared IMO. Everyone was genuinely happy and seemed to know everyone. I've also spoken to many current students online and they couldn't be nicer. It's definitely as chill an environment you'll find at a law school, from what I can tell. This was immensely important to me as I too will be moving out there from very far, knowing absolutely no one. I wouldn't have chosen USD if I wasn't absolutely sure it was a great place to not only study, but make friends.