« on: April 25, 2009, 05:04:44 PM »
As a (long time ago) grad of Oyster Bay High School, I hear your comments about wanting something different than Long Island... but law school doesn't leave a whole heck of alot of 'fun time'... especially if you want to be in that top 20% of the class that gets BIGLaw opportunities. As for the appeal of New Orleans, my first visit there was for a bachelor party in mid-March... it's DEFINITELY a place to go for a fun time, but I don't know about living there. In fact, my gut feeling is that the things that make it such a fun place to be are really the last temptations a law student needs if they want to be a top student... I know I'd be sucked into Bourbon Street far too often. ;-)
Well, Rob, I will trust you on every thing else, but I just wanted to speak to living in New Orleans while going to law school, since I'm at Tulane now.
Bourbon St, I have found, is not really a problem. Uptown can be a world away from the French Quarter and Bourbon St if it needs to be. I guess it could take self-control not to go there, but honestly, you will be so busy your 1L year, you will not even think about it.
Granted, I don't have any other law school experience to compare it to, since this is the only one I have. But as I've said, Bourbon St is really not a problem. It just provides a nice place to unwind/go crazy when it is time to do so.
I'm at Tulane with KC'sGF, and I'm going to go ahead and second her sentiments. In the two years I've been here, I've been to Bourbon street maybe 5 times. I think every one of those times was because I had people visiting me from out of town. Trust me, Bourbon gets old pretty fast. When I go out, its usually to a bar a few blocks from where I live, or down on Frenchman street. But I really don't feel any temptation to go out when I'm studying. Facebook interferes with studying a lot more than the party scene down here.
One of the best things about going to school in New Orleans, though, is the Mardi Gras break we get every year. Everything in the city shuts down for 4 days and everyone just has a great time.
Also, I don't know it it helps the OP or not, but I can definitely see firsthand Tulane's national reach. I'm from the Midwest, but I worked here in New Orleans last summer and I'll be in New Jersey this summer. (I have absolutely no contacts in New Jersey.) I have friends that have spent their summers in Birmingham, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, DC, NYC, Atlanta, LA, San Diego, and Rwanda (to name just a few). Some of them clerked for judges, some worked at mid-sized firms, and some worked in BigLaw.