« on: January 10, 2006, 08:12:18 PM »
As a fellow USD 1L (day division) I can honestly say that if you got into a significantly higher ranked school like USC, UCLA, Berkley, etc, go there.
The problem with USD is jobs jobs jobs, oh and tuition (if you're paying for it). The total cost to go here is about 150k including living expenses on the current budget. Don't count on that scholarship either because as a 0L you have absolutely no idea how well you're going to do in classes and theres a good chance you're going to lose it. The LRAP program is a joke. The career services love pushing public service jobs, but this isnt because the school is full of hippies, its because you're not going to have much luck getting a firm job unless you're in the top of the class. Unless you've got rich parents or manage to maintain that full scholarship you are going to be paying back a heap of loans on very little salary in a very expensive place to live.
The student body is excellent, there definetly are some very smart people. Which is actually a very bad thing because of the curve you are going to be competing with a lot of very smart people for very few top spots. USD is a very nice looking school in a very awesome location, I dont know why the OP says the building is bad inside. I find all the facilities to be excellent inside and out. Parking is a hassle on rare occasions and is impossible at certain times of the day.
As far as going up in the rankings, I feel that USD definetly deserves to be quite a few spots higher considering the caliber of its professors and students. However, don't count on the rankings going up anytime soon or going up significantly. Maybe in 20 years USD will be a top 40 or top 30 school but right now they are a tier 2 in a very small legal market. As far as going up to LA for jobs, you're going to have to stand in line with all the kids from Loyola as well as all the people from USC/UCLA/Harvard/Yale etc.