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Thanks a lot DutchessA. Anyone else have suggestions, opinions...?

For those who live near Chapman and/or those who are attending or went to Chapman, I am starting to look into different places to live around the school. I would greatly appreciate your opinions. I am relatively new to Orange County and am not too familiar with all the areas near Chapman. I have lived in SD and LA for a while, and haven't spent much time in Orange County.

What areas/condos/apartments do you think are the nicest in the area? I hear that many places are old. Location is important to me (i.e. nothing too far and less traffic going to school than other areas) and clearly, the area (i.e. I rather live in a nicer area, with newer buildings). What areas would you recommend?

Again, I would really appreciate your suggestions!



I want to make a decision by mid may - hopefully I hear back from the other schools I applied to by then. Yes, many have mentioned that Chapman has the potential of rising in the ranks and I have taken that into consideration. After having discussions with several lawyers and law students, from Chapman and Cal Western, they ultimately agree that there isn't/wasn't a big difference between the two schools' education and employment opportunities after graduation. One individual recommended that I simply go to the school located in the area I preferred because both law schools are comparable. Unless a student is in a tier 1 school, opportunities/placement are pretty much the same in tier 3 and 4 schools, and possibly tier 2s.

I was initially turned off by the higher attrition rate of Cal Western, but I've seen worse. Likewise, the student enrollment is at least double that of Chapman and it's expected that the attrition rate will be higher. After talking about this with a good friend that attends Cal Western, I don't feel it is a huge issue. As long as one does his or her work decently, they will be fine.

I'm leaning towards Cal Western right now because I don't feel Chapman has a particularly distinct advantage. This said, I rather spend three years in the city/area I favor.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: SOUTHWESTERN
« on: April 18, 2005, 04:46:21 AM »
By any chance, does anyone know what percentage of students Southwestern contacts/accepts from the waitlist (based on previous years)? Has anyone called Southwestern to inquire?

How's it going everyone?

I'm beginning to narrow my available choices to Chapman and California Western. I am still waiting to hear from several schools but would like to compare these two in the meantime. What are your thoughts on each school? Where would you go if you had the choice?

I recently paid visits to both schools and have learned about their programs, background, etc. I did find Chapman law, the school itself, to be more modern since it is relatively new compared to Cal Western. I liked the feel of the school; nonetheless, did not really appreciate the surrounding area. Too much of suburbia for me. :) As for Cal Western, I liked the feel of the school and the idea of being downtown.

Would like to hear your thoughts if you have time on pros and cons of the two schools. I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks for the replies! A lot of useful information.

Had to add, if you were to choose a place to live and/or go to law school, where would you pick, Orange / Orange County or San Diego? Why?

Thanks for the feedback! Anyone else care to share their thoughts?


I have to agree that at this point in my life, I enjoy the San Diego lifestyle. I wonder how things will be if I attend law school there. temptation to go out, to the beaches, etc.? haha. i just hear Orange is also a nice place, but have never lived there. I'm sure visiting and living there will and/or can be different. Seems like Orange is not as diverse as San Diego as well.

Regarding Chapman, I hear that it is really nice because it's new and a lot of money was invested. I'm wondering how things are "outside" of the school. However, I would love to hear if anyone has any thing to share regarding the law school too.

For the members who live in or nearby Orange, California, where Chapman School of Law is located, what are your general thoughts of the city? Old, new? Is it a nice place to be? How would you describe the area?

I'm debating between Orange and San Diego - I've lived in San Diego and enjoy the lifestyle (beaches, etc.). How would you compare the two?

Would really appreciate your views! Thanks!

anyone??  :)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Denied by Loyola LA?
« on: February 28, 2005, 04:22:56 PM »
There was an individual who was rejected recently at Loyola, based on LSN, so I think it's safe to assume that they are finally mailing out rejections.

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