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I would love to practice in SoCal!  I live in rainy vancouver Canada, so i'm very excited to come down south.

Do you know whether USD grads typically stay in USD or whether chances of employment are high in, say, LA too? I'd like to practice in LA b/c i have family living in alhambra.

BTW Roman, I've read your posts all over this discussion board. You seem to be quite pro USD. Care to share your insights? I've haven't had to chance to visit the school yet, so I don't know much about USD in that regard. Are you planning on living in rez or off campus?

I can't swear to it, but I've heard from both professors and current students that if USD grads were willing to work in LA, they'd have little trouble finding jobs.  (And no, I did not say the top jobs paying 150k.  But certainly respectable ones.)  The thing is, apparently most USD grads don't want to leave SD.

I'm not Roman, but what insights would you like?  I did endless research on USD and SD in general before deciding on it.  It was without question the riskiest school for me to choose due to location and cost (more difficult requirements to keep my scholarship too), yet I couldn't pass up USD.  I visited SD and the school in March, and have never been to a place I thought was more amazing, and I've been a lot of places.

As far as living, word is on campus housing is overpriced and not worth it.  Popular places to live are near USD in Linda Vista, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Mission Valley and some parts of La Jolla.  If you type those locations into Craigslist searches, you can get an idea of what's out there.  Seems to be that you can spend anywhere from $500-$1500 depending on how nice of a place you wish to live and whether you plan to have roommate(s) or not.

Hope that helps.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Pepperdine 2010!
« on: May 17, 2007, 02:17:55 PM »
No it doesn't, but with all due disrespect, Cooley isn't really on the "Cooley level" that has become sort of a concept here :)

Indeed.  I just meant a top 100 vs. a T4.


And I'm sure some others are going to Pepperdine on here.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Pepperdine 2010!
« on: May 17, 2007, 01:48:38 PM »
Quite an important otherwise.

haha.. Agreed, which is why I didn't even apply.  That said, it certainly doesn't put Pepperdine on Cooley's level.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Pepperdine 2010!
« on: May 17, 2007, 01:18:47 PM »
People make it sound like Pepperdine is Cooley or something!

I've never seen such comparisons.

People just knock Pepperdine sometimes for its conservatism and Ken Starr being the dean.  It's a great law school, otherwise.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: USD, PEPPERDINE OR PENN STATE???
« on: May 16, 2007, 10:12:44 PM »
Pepperdine seems like they gamed the rankings real well this year...


I say USD, but keep an eye out for bar passage/employment numbers

USD's bar passage rate is quite good, especially for Cali.  The employment numbers are not the best, but they claim a 93% for next year's statistics.

I'm not sure how Pepp bumped up so high.  I'm calling bribery on that one.

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The only people who will make more than an average T2 grad (assuming average is around 60k) out of UG are those that get some of the better jobs in banking.  Of all my science/engineering friends, no one started at more than 55k, in all different major cities across the country.  And then anyone else in non business/science/engineering majors was lucky to be making 40k.

I know plenty of people from cal doing software engineering out of ug making anywhere from 60-90k (plus a few who have been doing it for 2 years and are making well over 100k at startups that did well).

Well, I'm not sure what "plenty" means, but I was a computer science major in college and don't know one person who started that high.  Although, no one I know went out to Cali, but I'd be surprised if 60-90k was what your average programmer made coming out of UG.  Yes, after 2-3 years your salary can be near 100k, but I've never seen anywhere near that with no work experience.

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The only people who will make more than an average T2 grad (assuming average is around 60k) out of UG are those that get some of the better jobs in banking.  Of all my science/engineering friends, no one started at more than 55k, in all different major cities across the country.  And then anyone else in non business/science/engineering majors was lucky to be making 40k.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: 2L here - questions anyone?
« on: May 11, 2007, 10:41:54 AM »
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Is there any suggestions you have for improving upon comprehending complex statements the first time through?

As far as improving on the lsat reading comp - it's almost always too late for that, plus that's not my area of expertise so take my advice with a grain of a salt. 

As for improving your reading comprehension in general - this may sound obvious, but just read a lot. 

It doesn't have to be books or law related stuff either.  Simply find what you are passionate about and read about it for several hours a day.   It helps if the topic(s) you are most interested in is/are intellectually challenging.  I'm sorry, but I know of no easier way to improve this.  Getting exercise helps with overall concentration too.



Sorry, I did not intend to ask for LSAT reading comp help, that's over and done with.  Unfortunately, I landed on the lower end of my typical reading comp performance that fateful morning.

There is never a period of time where I'm not reading... but only for pleasure.  Mostly fiction novels.  I'll keep up the reading until law school starts.  And I exercise daily, so I'm already reaping whatever benefits that has to offer.  haha

Thanks for the help.

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