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It's not just about "having" a law school. You need money to build a campus, the buildings, hire top professors, etc. It's usually in the hundreds of millions of dollars. You also need the space. I don't know about Princeton, but Brown doesn't have the room for a law school, and prefers to focus on undergrad education anyway. They also don't have the endowment for it, although Princeton is a lot wealthier by comparison (and therefore higher in the rankings, grumble grumble).

This is exactly why, when I make my millions, I'm going to be the eccentric rich woman who goes to princeton and says, "Listen. I didn't even attend your undergrad, but I've got money. Lets say we start a law school."


How developed New Jersey now is not necessarily the same as how it was 100-150 years ago when launching a law school was more likely to happen.

Granted. But being next to the state capitol, I would think, is enough to inspire a more localized legal need. Especially since, historically, you would be getting *less* people from NY than now when travel has become so simple.


Princeton's location may have a lot to do with its historical lack of a law school. Legal education used to be built around the apprenticeship model, and you need practicing lawyers to have apprenticeship programs. While Boston/Cambridge and New Haven were thriving industrial centers in the late 19th century and thus generated a lot of legal work and attracted lawyers who could start apprenticeship programs and eventually law schools like "the new haven law school" ('s rural location may have meant that there were few lawyers in the area taking in apprentices. Moreover, Princeton is close enough to New York that Columbia and NYU probably filled most of the need for legal education in northern New Jersey.

Here's where I definitely disagree... Princeton is a) hardly rural and b) not truly northern NJ. I live in Bordentown, 3 towns over from princeton, right on the river across from pennsy. Not only does princeton have a fairly thriving private legal practice, it borders directly on Trenton, the administrative center of NJ. There are plenty of legal firms in the area, not to mention big business (tons of pharmaceuticals, a business lawyer's dream or nightmare, depending on who you ask) and, naturally, the ever so wonderful government.
Basically, it's a vicious circle. Princeton doesn't have the exact environment one would expect for a law school, but it would acquire it if one was there. But one probably won't be there without the necessary environment.
All I'm saying is they're definitely missing a bet.

That's exactly it. It would most likely be completely unwarranted, but the name alone would raise their rankings. Such is the fickle nature of academia.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: School Supplies
« on: June 09, 2005, 09:34:58 AM »
Tri color pens. Well, if that's your briefing method at least.

50% General American English
40% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

But I still think New Jersey has a linguistic profile entirely of its own.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: When is it offically cheating?
« on: June 09, 2005, 08:43:01 AM »
I think a big part of it is just establishing what the relationship is from your end right away. Whenever I start a relationship, I am always 100% up front that this is it, I don't play the multiple people game. If they don't like it, fine, I'll move on. I think it's a huge problem that so many people don't say up front what they're looking for and then are left guessing about what level they're at with the other person.

Where should I go next fall? / Princeton should have a law school...
« on: June 09, 2005, 08:37:26 AM »
never understood why they didn't. It makes no sense to me that a school with their reputation wouldn't. Maybe if they did I would be staying in-state.

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Well, technically, mine would be "Sassie County Highway 244"

However, I'll go with my 2nd street: "Sassie Fulbright"

Oh, see you're just missing out. My SO lives on Route 35, so we just dropped the 35. Route (or perhaps, Root?) is a great porn star last name for a guy.

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