So does anyone going to Oregon know what they are doing about housing next year? The Student Government off-campus housing site doesn't seem to be much help.
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I was there on Thursday. The law building is VERY nice, so that's a plus. The students on the panel were all really happy with Denver, although it was mentioned that it is hard to get a payed internship as a 1L during the summer. Denver also has many faculty members that work at firms in addition to teaching, so that could help when it comes to looking for jobs or interships. I've heard great things about the city of Denver too, although I was only there for the day and didn't really do anything other than visit the school.
If you are looking for pratical experience, I don't think that Denver can be beat. They have great clinics and internship programs for 2L and 3L students. This is one of the factors that is keeping me interested along with the scholarship.
On to the negatives. Fairly large class sizes. I didn't really get the community feeling I was hoping for when I visited; the school sort of felt big and impersonal.
Denver seems to be a very regional school and there really seemed to be a lot of hate directed at CU every time it was mentioned. I'm a little nervous about going against Boulder grads in the Colorado legal market.
The admissions staff didn't impress me either. I know that I shouldn't judge the entire law school by the admissions people (or I should say those I met), but they didn't go out of their way to make sure my visit was a good experience and it really wasn't that great as a result. I arrived about 4 hours before the Open House started, and although they knew that this was happening (I emailed and received a response), they didn't respond to any of my later emails or calls about trying to get meetings and tours set up...I basically had to do everything myself once I got there. They also didn't sell the law school as their own. On the tour it was, "I've heard the career center does a good job with placing students," rather than, "Our career center does an excellent job placing students."
With all of that being said, I think I'm acutally leaning towards the University of Oregon now. After seeing how much Denver fell in the rankings, I'm sort of nervous about what their reputation will be in 3 years. My opinion could change by tomorrow morning, but that's where I'm at right now.
If anyone has anything additional to share, it would be greatly appreciated. Was anyone else at the Open House that had a different experience?
Did you make it to the Open House on Thursday? I know they made mention of the July bar passage rate dropping to 65% or something, so that might have a little to do with the rankings drop. I can't recall what the passage rate was listed as in the 2005 US News rankings.
Are you looking at a particular degree program at Denver?
I would visit if I had the money to get out there!
Housing seemed run down? How would you describe the city as a whole? Same condition? Thus far I've only heard good things. You've got me a little nervous!
I guess I'm not sure that I would stick around Eugene for much longer than the three years I would be in law school. I'm assuming there isn't much of a market in Eugene itself. I'd probably head to Portland or Seattle or somewhere in CA if necessary.
Does anyone have any insight about the University of Oregon and more specifically their environmental law program? Is Eugene a good place to be, and where do graduates end up?
I'm looking at the University of Oregon, the University of Denver ($$), and Indiana-Bloomington (I'm in the SPEA MPA grad program and am waitlisted in the law school) and haven't been able to visit Eugene so I'm not sure how to weigh it against the other two. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I also received a nice scholarship offer from Denver, which makes them very hard to turn down. I was just there yesterday for their Open House, and was very impressed by the building. The large class size makes me slightly apprehensive though. One of the students on the panel said that the 1L sections have 80 students in each. It seems like it would be tough to get to know the faculty and even the students in your section during the first year with class sizes that large (coming from a girl who goes to a very small liberal arts school).
That was also my first time in Denver, and it's tough to decide whether I want to spend the rest of my life there (taking the regional factor into account) when I was only there for part of a day. I just don't know!
I'll probably put my deposit down for Denver, but I've been accepted to the MPA graduate program at IU and I'm waitlisted in the law school. If I get into the IU law school I'll probably go to IU because their joint degree program is amazing and I really liked the feel of the school.
Any other thoughts on Denver?