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Pittsburgh / Re: Class of 2010
« on: May 09, 2007, 10:07:22 PM »
I'm headed to Pitt, too, from undergrad at the University of Richmond. I've not found a place to live yet -- I'm still figuring out whether I want to rent or buy, though I'm leaning toward buying. Either way, I'm looking in Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and Bloomfield. Those seem to be the places to live for grad students.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: University of Pittsburgh
« on: March 27, 2008, 05:07:00 PM »
Hey mpk1516. Sure, job prospects. Let me speak to summer employment first, since I am a 1L and have firsthand experience with that. I sent resumes out to firms all up the East Coast and got results. The primary problem is that there is often not immediate name recognition among firms and companies outside Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. That means more work for the job-seeker: You can't rely on the name of the school to get you an interview. There does seem to be some knowledge of the school in the DC area. The problem there, as well as in New York, Boston and the like, is that you're looking at a rather saturated market as far as law schools go. Again, though, I have found that what that means is just more legwork on your part. Career Services is only somewhat helpful in the nonlocal markets. They do a good job for the local market, though. In any event, among my closest 1L friends, one is staying in Pittsburgh for the summer, one is going to Cleveland, one is going to Washington state and one is going abroad. It's just not that difficult if you're willing to put in a little work.

Regarding full-time jobs after law school: The pattern is similar to that for summer employment. If you want to enter a nonlocal market right out of school, you'll have a little bit of work to do. Still, most of my 3L friends have jobs lined up outside Pennsylvania, so again, it's not a problem as long as you don't mind looking for and applying to jobs without Career Services' help. Not to unfairly disparage Career Services -- as I said, the staff does a good job in the local market, which in itself creates a different sort of opportunity. There are a decent number of larger firms in the area, so if you're willing to spend a couple years in Pittsburgh working, you'd have an easy time transferring to anywhere else in the country or outright changing jobs and moving.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: University of Pittsburgh
« on: March 27, 2008, 12:06:42 PM »
I attend Pitt and am more than willing to give honest feedback about it. Just send me a note.

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I had to do the same thing, move without either seeing the place or meeting my future flatmate.

Regarding the place: Prior posters covered it pretty well. I don't recall if anyone mentioned http://www.landorslum.com/. Look at that as another check on the possible landlord of your place. You could also try http://www.backpage.com/classifieds/index and the local newspaper classifieds to find the place. Finally, I would try posing a housing-wanted ad on craigslist. It's been a very successful tactic in some of my past housing searches and those of my friends.

Regarding a possible flatmate: This is where I ran into problems. Here, the most important thing, assuming you're going to have a flatmate, is honesty. This actually goes for the place, too, but I'll speak of it in terms of the flatmate. Figure out what's vital to you for whatever reason. Do you need a quiet place, or, alternatively, a place where you can have dance parties in the common areas? Do dishes need to be washed immediately after use? Smoking? Pets? Dinner parties? No matter how insignificant or odd the issues, most, if not all, people have things they're particular about, and you need to figure out what those things are. Then make sure you and your potential flatmate agree on those issues.

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Section C2. What I really want to see are the class times, but the e-mail said those wouldn't come out until late this month. Oh well. As to living, I will probably be in the South Side Flats.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: University of Pittsburgh
« on: April 28, 2007, 11:34:23 PM »
I'll be there, too, and just started looking for places to live. Shadyside seems to be place for grad students.

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