Hi, I'm currently a second year at LLS, and in my opinion, I don't think the fact that the "parent" university and LLS are physically separated by a distance of 16 miles has any disadvantages at all. For the most part, LLS is its own universe. We have no "Fitness Center," but there is a basketball court and a ping pong table (lol). There's a tiny little dining hall, which to be honest, I've never ate at.
But all that notwithstanding, LLS is a wonderful school that provides a great legal education from awesome professors. Also, it's location near downtown puts it nearer to the heart of the legal center of Los Angeles. I'd also like to point out that in a city like Los Angeles, there is no where that has "nothing around it."
One caveat however: Keep in mind that LLS is a Tier 2 school, and despite what the employment statistics say, the job search can be extremely difficult if you aren't in the top 10-20% of your class. Realistically, you'd be looking at a starting salary of around $50,000 at some small firm. This is something that wasn't clear to me when I decided to go to law school. I, like many others, was blinded by "BIGLAW" aspirations, thinking that a mere JD would be sufficient.
thanks for the help man. And yea, I do know about the career prospects. I am assuming that being in the top 15-20% would get me a BIGLAW/6 fig job. Is that true? I also got a 80k scholarship, so I think I got a pretty good cushion for myself, in case I don't get that biglaw job. Honestly, tho, Im really hopin i get into SC, but its a reach for me.
But in terms of the school, do you feel that theres a sense of "community" there? I ask b/c im sure that since its downtown, theres probably people that live all over LA that go there. So basically, Im askin if students there hang out, study together, go out to clubs/bars together, etc, like other schools. This is important to me since if I go there, Ill be in a city where I know literally nobody