« on: July 13, 2008, 10:18:57 PM »
I went to UO undergrad and I had a class with a professor from the Law School. As far as the law school goes, the building is really new, it looks great and it is on the quieter side of campus. The campus is beautiful by the way.
Oregon is great if you don't mind overcast skies. The rain in Eugene has been erratic for the last few years, but it does still rain quite often. It's a 45 minute drive to the beach from Eugene, there are a ton of biking and running trails all over town, and people really do use them. There is decent Skiing pretty close to Eugene, again about 45 minutes, although usually very little to no snow in town.
Basically it is a college town. There isn't much that's open late except the bars and the clubs, so if you are looking for a late night cafe culture, look elsewhere. But Oregonians are easy-going, nice and generally good people. The food is good, and the beer is great (look for Ninkasi on tap if you like IPA's it's probably the best beer in the world). Or if you like wine there are a several good wine shops and I think three vineyards are actually in the Eugene area.
If you are looking for big city type atmosphere, Eugene is not the place to be. They have decent concerts, but nothing like you'd find in a bigger city. On the other hand, Portland is really close 2-3 hours away by car, totally doable by train or bus for a good weekend trip. And Salem, the capital, is only about 1-2 hours away if you are interested in state government.
I hope that helps, I don't really know much about the law school. In Oregon, I might prefer Lewis and Clark over UO just because it is closer to PDX and networking might be a little easier, but it is a VERY slight advantage. Williamette is actually in the capital, but by most accounts is less reputable.