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Both schools are very regional, so I would say pick the school based on location and atmosphere. If this means going to Cleveland-Marshall and saving money w/in-state tuition, that wouldn't be a bad choice.

I personally love Pittsburgh, and am not a huge fan of Philly. Pitt has a seriously low cost of living, a lower crime rate (by far), and beautiful parks and hiking trails in the surrounding areas (I grew up in rural NJ, so this matters to me). People there, IMO, are also friendlier in comparison. I feel like most people who call it Shittsburg, or completely trash it, have either never been there or were comparing it to Manhattan. To each their own.

I would go to Case without a second thought, simply because law is full of prestige whores. Plus, John Marshall would restrict your friend to Chicago (and may not lead to a well-paying job), while doing well @ Case would open up more doors.

Here's Bill Maher's even more scathing response  ;D

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hello? Villanova? Where are you?
« on: April 29, 2007, 08:48:44 PM »
They wait listed me, but to be honest, I just really like Pittsburgh--the school and the city itself. I was really pleasantly surprised when I visited. Temple is a great school, but I don't think I'd change my mind now...especially after signing the lease. But yeah, the 7 hour drive is a definite downfall while the cost of living is a definite perk. It probably balances out somehow.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hello? Villanova? Where are you?
« on: April 29, 2007, 08:31:44 PM »
I had no trouble finding an apartment, especially in Shadyside. North Oakland was tougher, but after looking there I decided against it. I got mine through Mozart Management, which a Pitt student recommended to me. I think they sort of have a monopoly on the apts out there, and they don't charge a security deposit--just first month's rent. I heard that Franklin West is good too, but I didn't check out any of their apts. One problem you'll find is that parking is very hard to come by. I'm paying like $35/mo. but that's low based on everything else I looked at.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hello? Villanova? Where are you?
« on: April 29, 2007, 06:36:21 PM »
Oh yeah, I'm definitely going to Pitt. IMO it's a better school, and I was shocked at how much I love the city. I went back this weekend and it was a sealed deal, especially after the apartment search was over.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Pittsburgh
« on: April 29, 2007, 10:15:29 AM »
The cost of living there is awesome. I just got a 1 br. in Shadyside for 620 (all utilities included). Coming for NJ, that was a huge shock. Granted the place is small, and it's 1.5 miles from the school, but it's across from a beautiful neighborhood (and Walnut Street, in case I ever have money to shop with :-D ). It feels safe, and it's I'm happy.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hello? Villanova? Where are you?
« on: April 29, 2007, 06:50:04 AM »
I got an acceptance letter from Nova yesterday....and found out about it 1 hour after I signed an apt. lease in Pittsburgh. You've got to be kidding me.  >:(

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How far is everyone moving for LS?
« on: April 26, 2007, 12:27:12 PM »
375 miles-- NJ to Pittsburgh

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