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I'm looking at buying in the River North area.  Does anyone have any opinions on that area -- I was drawn to it because it seems close enough to walk when the weatheris good but there also appears to be a good bus service to and from school that runs 24 hours.

If not there I'm looking farther away.  I just don't think I can be 5 blocks from school and keep my sanity.

I don't have any personal experience with that area, but one of the students in my small group discussion said she lived in that area and loved it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Los Angeles
« on: April 04, 2007, 03:52:40 PM »
If I were you and didn't want a car, especially as a grad student, I wouldn't come to LA. I LOVE USC (here as an undergrad now), and wouldn't have gone anywhere else for school, but you seriously need a car...even for something as mundane as grocery shopping.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: U. Chicago ASW 2007
« on: April 03, 2007, 07:05:16 PM »

gives you directions for what busses/trains to take (put in starting and ending destination and time/date of trip and you're done)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Northwestern: DANL
« on: April 03, 2007, 05:39:40 PM »
Sent in my deposit today, and (I think) have already lined up an apartment! Clearly, I am excited, and looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall.

PS - Chandler, do/did you go to USC? I saw you posting on one of the LA/USC threads, but wasn't sure if you were a student or if you're just from the area

I'm @ 'SC now :) (I changed my moniker a bit ago, which might be the confusion, but we're facebook friends)

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has been so helpful -- I sent in my deposit today and have, I think, already found an apartment. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the fall!

If you don't mind sharing, where did you find your apartment?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Northwestern: DANL
« on: April 02, 2007, 04:51:35 PM »
I have a friend (out in LA) who bought most of her furniture off of Craigs List. She got it pretty cheap, and it all is very nice. I'm definitely doing that for couches at least (I've found Ikea couches and chairs to be extremely uncomfortable).

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: USC
« on: April 02, 2007, 12:17:43 PM »
What is this supershuttle you speak of?

it's a shared ride van service. There are two companies that have stands outside LAX (follow the orange signs outside LAX that say Shared Ride Van on them...they're attached to these silver poles overhead)...the companies are Prime Time and SuperShuttle. The former costs $15 LAX to USC, the latter costs $22. You don't need to make a reservation online, just tell a representative where you're going when you get outside and they'll call a van for you. If you're going on USC's campus straight from the airport, you'll need to tell the driver a gate number (call USC's law school and ask them what gate number they're nearest) and the driver will take you there...they know the gate numbers. Actually, if you want to PM me where you're going, I'll tell you what to tell the driver of the van and give you directions from the airport to there (so if the driver is clueless, you will have some idea of what's going on).

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: USC
« on: April 02, 2007, 10:45:42 AM »
How much will a taxi cost from LAX to USC? I'm not going to have access to a car, and I'm not sure I'd want to drive in a new city after an 8hr flight anyway!


Also, and I've asked this elsewhere, but what neighborhoods should I be looking for hotels in? I know there's a Raddison right across campus, but since most USC students don't live right around campus, I want to check out one of the neighborhoods I'm more likely to live in.

yaay the internet -

It's about 15 miles, so probably between 30-40. That sounds about right, because if you go a few blocks more to the downtown zone it's a $42 flat fee. I would supershuttle it.


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Northwestern: DANL
« on: April 02, 2007, 08:16:18 AM »
Is there anyone on this forum who attended DANL and who will also be attending the UChicago admitted students' weekend? I am eager for a comparison. The deadline to accept my NW scholarship is immediately after the UChicago ASW.

It is so very tough for me to let the Wigmore offer go. It's a $50K splurge for me to choose Chicago over NW. I won't have the opportunity to visit either school for an admitted students event, although I briefly toured both schools on my own last fall. Because of the professors, prestige, and 1L summer firm job opportunities, I'm in the Chicago camp now. But I don't have the might to withdraw from NW yet. 

I'm going to the Chicago ASW also. Although, right now my bias is so heavily NW (I'm 99% going there, I loved almost everything about it) that my reviews might not be exactly impartial, but I'll be sure to post some comparison.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Northwestern: DANL
« on: April 01, 2007, 09:38:18 PM »
I had a great time at the event, and was really impressed with the school.  I was particularly impressed with the clinical programs, and the opportunities available to conduct high level senior research one-on-one with a faculty member for as much as half the credits your 3L year.

I just wrote a long post explaining why, though, the event helped me cement my decision to go to Michigan over Northwestern, but I deleted it because I felt like the reasons were personal, and the thoughts wouldn't really be valuable to anyone but myself.  But to summarize, I was already leaning towards Michigan before the event, and found out the day before DANL that I was going to have to wait to maybe get some financial aid/scholarship money because I wasn't initially part of the pool of people to get any money.  Attending the event showed me how similar Northwestern was to my very unique, small undergraduate institution, and my experience there is not something I want to replicate (though I am fond of my time at my UG).  Basically, I got the sense that Northwestern's focus was too much on the vocational/career side, and not enough on the side of education for the sake of education.  I think Dean Van Zandt said that law schools are conservative places (in their fear of change), and he has clearly laid out a vision full of change for Northwestern.  While I admire his desire to institute that change, I'm more interested in a more traditional school, especially after attending an undergraduate college that was doing something very similar (trying to make big changes and think differently about undergraduate education).

I was still very impressed with the school (the professor who did the talk on contracts, the work that is being done in the clinics, the professor who spoke on the senior research were all so very impressive -- in the morning, I was really questioning my decision, until I had an epiphany about the overall philosophy of the school during the Dean's meeting), and I think that it'd be a great place to spend three years.  Chicago is a great city, and it was made clear that the opportunities available to Northwestern graduates are as good as the opportunities as many other top schools.  Best of luck to all of you who have decided to attend.

It seems like you made the right decision for yourself, good luck at Michigan. :)

I liked NU's focus on clinics and other opportunities outside the classroom. Learning for learning's sake seems to be a lot of what I did at an undergraduate level, and I'm really excited about opportunities to apply my knowledge while I'm in school (in other words, I'm ready for a change).

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