I too will be at SCU in August. I'm down for a meet and greet beforehand...firstname.lastname@example.org
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« on: May 13, 2005, 10:16:20 AM »
Here's a list of alternative JD career paths I found:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Legal Higher Education
Politics & Govt Affairs
Real Estate Sales & Development
I'm a 28yr old single mom of a 6 & 8 yr old and will be at Santa Clara full-time in August.
I know it's gonna be hard but I've spent the last 3 years finishing undergrad FT while working PT and I'm just relieved that I won't be working this time.
I am moving across country to go to SCU so I will be starting from scratch w/ the babysitting network.
It can be so tempting to just sleep when you're not working or in school, but you gotta make time to do fun stuff. Go to the park and eat lunch on a Saturday, rent movies and have family night in, etc. And I agree w/ teaching them to be self-sufficient. You may cringe at clothes not folded perfectly, but on days/nights when you have no time, you will be glad they can help out. And when they're young they like helping out
Did anybody here go to G.S. undergrad?
Yeah, I'm at GSU now.
It's an urban campus so it's not pretty and you'll quickly get used to seeing homeless people everywhere. The buildings are decent. Not much else I can say - they serve their purpose. The law school building is a lil better and is pretty much off to itself. I rarely had occasion to go over there.
Housing - Do not live in the lofts. They are overpriced and IMO not worth it for a city with lots of housing options. I also work downtown so my 5-minute commute from Cabbagetown rocks.
Someone listed neighborhoods that are all close and have a nice ATL-city feel w/o the sprawl of cities nearer the perimeter. However, the further out you go you'll find newer apartments and generally lower prices. I prefer the funkiness of old renovated houses in the city. Ride a round for a couple of days and see which areas you feel most comfortable in. Remember, ATL traffic sucks and will put wear and tear on your car. Public transportaton is decent as long as you're on the train, but if you have to uses busses also...
Creative Loafing - Pick up this free weekly paper or access it online to find the best intown house/apt rentals. I never looked for spots near/outside the perimeter so I don't know how good it is for those.
I am most likely going there too. Unfortunately, i will not be able to visit. If you can, would you post a mini-review of the school's facilities and other things you noticed of interest?
Campus – Beautiful by my standards. Lots of greenery. The buildings I visited were all clean and modern looking. The classroom where the main part of the orientation was held had laptop hookups for each seat The law school is a part of the main campus so lots of undergrads around.
Orientation – I guess it was a typical ‘Admitted Students’ day w/ info about the school in general, career placement, fin aid, what to expect from the 1st year, etc… There were sections that focused on SCU’s specialty areas: IP, International, and Public Service/Social Justice so people interested could break off in groups and hear more about them.
Housing – I’m a mother, so no, I won’t be living in the SCU housing. They don’t have apartments for families.
The Library – It seemed small, but we only saw the first floor. Maybe there were more seats on the 2nd floor.
I’m not sure how many students are enrolled in the law school but the ones I saw all seemed to know each other. So it felt like a small-school which can be good or bad depending on what you like.
Of the prospective 1L’s I met
--Only a few others were from out-of-state (including me)
--There were a lot of Asian Americans, and a couple of African Americans
BLSA (Black Law Students Assoc)
--The president was there and very friendly. She talked to me for a long time about SCU and the city
--The Bay Area seems to have an excellent transportation system
--Still, I think Santa Clara is a city where you’d want to have a car, but someone who’s from there could probably tell you better
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