« on: May 03, 2008, 12:54:11 PM »
Loyola New Orleans (28k scholarship per year)
St. Mary's (24 k Scholarship over 3 years)
I am not concerned about the rank of either of these schools, only their strengths, focuses and their location's relation to my career interest. I am interested in doing legal work internationally in Latin America, focusing on human rights in immigration law - yes, I know I'm not that focused yet, but I know I want to be mobile beyond the borders of just the U.S. I am possibly looking at NGOs in foreign countries or even U.S. embassies/State Department work. I have been practicing my Spanish in my time off between college and law school in preparation. I have received generous scholarships from both St. Mary's and Loyola New Orleans, both of which have pretty decent emphases on the international human rights, immigration law clinics.
Louisiana's Civil law code is supposedly very similar to the legal systems of other countries, and so a certificate in Civil Law would prepare one to study not just in Louisiana, but in other countries (supposedly).
St. Mary's has a Terrorism Law center that is working to establish the definition of some of human rights and civil rights issues in the wake of this time of war.
Both schools have programs that interest me. Although Loyola would actually be cheaper in the long-run, I would pay more for a school that could best help me realize my career goals of working abroad. Since I have lived here for about 10 years, I know San Antonio pretty well, but I'm not too familiar with the New Orleans job market, location, or connections overseas. I know the odds are greatly stacked up against me, but I'm going to do what I have to do to make these things happen.
Can anyone tell me anything about New Orleans? It doesn't have to be job market related, even crime statistics, cost of living, anything really that anyone knows from experience or something. Also, if anyone has any insight about San Antonio's legal market, I would greatly appreciate it as well. Thanks.