what you mentioned about career services at syracuse concerns me. however, do you think dickinson fares any better?
I deleted my earlier post because I don't think people understood what i was saying. Let me try again. I am glad that you chose dickinson since you know the location you want to work and I think that is a good choice for you. however, as someone who chose syracuse over dickinson let me discuss the reaons i dislliked dickinson and chose syracuse... sot hat someone can have a different point of view.
1. I was able to relate much more to the prospective and current students much more so at Syracuse than at Dickinson. While maybe it waws my particular admitted students day. I felt that many of the student going to Dickinson came from subpar colleges compared to syracuse and alot of the ones I met barely seemed intelligent enough to go to college let along law school. I am sorry if that insults anyone I am just telling the truth as to my particular admitted students day.
2. When I talked to the head of career services at Dickinson she told me that unless you're in the top 15% of the class she will not help you find a job. When I talked to the Syracuse career services they help everyone. Since there's no guarentee i'll be in the top 15% it seems a beter gamble to go somewhere where there are connections for everyone not just the top. While i know at either school it's best to be in the top, it helps to have a career services willing to help you than one that turns you away.
3. Syracuse has a national reputation. While Penn State is considered to be a decent school I don't think it has as national a reputation. I have lived in three different places (CA, PA, and VT). ONly in PA was Penn state regarded as a great school. I know syracuse's reputation might be based on basketball, but to be known nationall for whatever reason is very helpful. I have experienced this first hand when dealing with my undergraduate education.
4. Syracuse's library was more equipped than Dickinsons. When I visited Dickinson I was told by the tour guide that there was no need for books so they didn't have most volumes there because everyhting was on computer and they stress computer learning. I am a huge advocate of technology (Want to do science and technology concentation as 'cuse), but I think it's necessary to stll have the original volumes of book son teh shelves and to have a decent library.
5. AS far as the building. It's funny i definitly felt that Syracuse's building was much nicer than dickinsons. Dickinson being the oldest law school in PA has a very run down building that smelled of moth balls. They were recently redoing the lecture rooms, but I still was disapointed in the appearance. When I visited syracuse I got a much better feeling about the building. Dickinson felt like a funeral home to me.
6. The construction they plan to do at Dickinson seemed like it would be extremely disruptive during the entire three years I would attend the school. I don't tink hearing a jack hammer during exams or while trying to study is all that constructive.
7. ONe more thing was for me I was particularly impressed with Syracuse's SUNTEC and science and technology program. This is a huge plus for what I want to do. There are is also a greater variety of law journals at the 'cuse compared to dickinson
So I just wanted to share another point of view. Plus I have a cousin and some friends that just graduated and were extremely happy and successful from syracuase so there ARE people that are happy with it. So I leave you with this. There is an old saying in Swedish. smokin de boken de dayla.. taste is like you're behind divided.