« on: March 13, 2008, 12:09:00 AM »
On the law school or the city?
The Law School: I know a couple of Pitt Law grads (and have been accepted myself). My perspective is thus somewhat limited, but I'll take a stab. While working as a legal assistant at a small firm, the attorneys said, "If you want to practice in Pittsburgh, go to Pitt." That's basic but important advice. If you know Western PA is where you want to end up, you'd save a bundle by going the Pitt route. As with basically all decent law schools, you'll get a solid legal education. This is as true of Pitt as it is of Penn (though your classmates might differ substantially). Your grades and the name on the diploma will do the rest. My favorite Pitt Law faculty member: Jules Lobel. The building is straight out of the Brutalist school, which is as bad as it sounds; luckily, it's what's inside that counts, and you'll be looking out.
The City: Here I can speak with more authority, having lived in the 'Burgh for almost six years. Pittsburgh is a great "small big city." There are famously few young people that stick around, but this means that those who do are able to make their mark and get noticed much more easily if they're doing something interesting. The "Steel City" image is a thing of the past; Pittsburgh's new industries are universities, health care and research, and computer/tech. The city has great neighborhoods with strong identities. It's got a "deep local" feel; a large percentage of the population has lived in the same house for substantially longer than the national average. The cost of living can't be beat. Pittsburgh always seems to be on the verge of a renaissance but can never quite get there. Oh, and if you don't like professional sports, just smile and keep your mouth shut. Great museums and other cultural activities (free or nearly-free if you're a student)... I like Pittsburgh!