« on: March 30, 2007, 08:01:15 AM »
I was there last night as well, and overall, I came away impressed with Rutgers. I've lived in and around NYC for many years, so I wasn't expecting an urban paradise in Newark. That said, the neighborhood where the law school is located is pretty nice, with the Newark Museum and a library close by, lots of old buildings, pizzerias etc. I live in Hoboken and work in NYC, and, rushing from my job, I took the PATH to Hoboken then caught a NJTransit train from there to Broad St which is about five blocks from the campus. If I enrolled at Rutgers, this would be my noraml commute and for that, it was great, riding on a comfortable train above ground, rather than being subterranean and overcrowded on the PATH or NY subway. The train from Hobken to Broad street is less than 20 minutes.
The dean of the law school and the dean (bichoux?) were both warm and engaging. The panel discussion was enlightening; they obviously made an effort to present a diverse group of alumni in terms of race, age, law school experience and current professional status. I also spoke with the head of the career center. She also seemed very warm and wanting to help. Needless to say, the student guides had nothing but good things to say about the school. One prospective student asked them to compare R-N to SH; our guide (seemed like a very smart guy, former Marine) made two points: Rugers was better for corporate law and public interest law; SH had a leg up in judicial clerkships. Being in the military for several years after undergrad, he also felt that Rutgers was more open to older students where, at SH, the vibe is overwhelmingly young, ie straight out of undergrad.
I capped off the open house with a beer at McGoverns, the well-known law student watering hole just across the street. Being a Brooklyn native and a somewhat reluctant Jersey resident, I am particulary attuned to the "Jersey" vibe (no offense jerseyites), and it was on display at McGoverns, but you could also see the diversity of the school there. I hate to pin myself as a lush, but having a reliable Irish bar emeshed in campus life is a plus.
I am still undecided, between R-N, SH, Brooklyn (waiting on Cardozo), but Rutgers did not seem like a bad place to get an edumacation.