« on: April 02, 2006, 08:58:34 PM »
Hey guys, sorry for the late reply.
Honestly, I haven't thought much about concentrations yet. One tricky thing about scheduling classes after required courses are out of the way (first year classes and a few others you take after first year) is that students think they have more freedom than they really do. The multi-state bar exam covers a number of subjects that may not be covered in the required courses. For example, I've heard estates and trusts is important for bar purposes, but it is not required. You will hear these classes refered to as "bar courses." Therefore, it is important to strike a balance between bar courses and concentration courses, so if you take all bar courses, you have few electives to chooses from and vice versa. As far as what concentrations UDM offers, I know business law is popular and the school is improving their tax law course offerings as well (basic fed income tax is now required...yuck). While I have not heard of students complain of a lack of concentration areas, I have heard them complain about classes filling up too quickly and becoming unavailable, so I suppose these too different problems lead to the same disadvantages. I have heard that th eDean is working to fix this problem. So far, he has proved to be a lot of talk and and quite a lot of action, so I am hopefull.
As to the housing options, you have nothing to worry about. If you want to live in the city of Detroit, there are many options. Cheap apartments can be found everywhere, but the cheaper they are, the less safe they are. The city of Detroit apartments that most students live in are very expensive (probably an average of around $1000 for a one bedroom). For this price, though, you get great security (front desk concierge, security guards, etc.) and very nice facilities. I would resommend living in one of the sububs of Detroit. You mentioned Dearborn and Royal Oak, but there are many others. I actually went to undergrad not far from UDM and have lived in Rochester Hills and Troy, bith in Oakland County (Detroit is in Wayne) about 20-25 minutes north of the school (assuming traffic is not too bad). Oakland County is a very affluent area, but cheap living can be found in very nice neighborhoods. My girlfriend and I pay about 800 a month, heat/water/trash included, for a two bedroom apartment in Troy.
All law schools are going to have competitive students. It is a very competitive environment. But, the students in my section are very helpful, not totaly self serving, and I get along with everyone very well. First semester is rough! You have absolutely no way to gauge your performance. It is very stressful adn time consuming. Midterms was one of the hardest times of my life. I seriously thought about dropping out and doing osmething else. I thought I was surely at the bottom of the class and much more confused than everyone else. I ended up doing very well in all of my classes, so this semester has been much better. Some students, though, that don't do well on midterms, are even more stressed for the finals.
If I can be of anymore help, let me know.