I visited Hastings and liked the school. I think despite being in a relatively low end neighborhood its still an inspirational place to study the law (lots of government buildings, courts etc around). I know a few really intelligent students/friends that went to Hastings. From what i've heard, its a great regional school and holds its own in Northern Cali. Its definitely the fourth best school in the state after Stanford/Boalt/UCLA/USC. I would recommend it...but Pepperdine can also provide you with a good career so do what feels right. I think your three years at Pepperdine will be more enjoyable and the difference in career prospects and opportunities will be minimal. Going to Hastings wont open too many doors and going to Pepperdine wont shut many. I think what really matters is that you perform well in either school and it will be your high achievements that will open the doors for you not the school (in a Hastings vs. Pepperdine case). In light of that, I would say go to Pepperdine. The students there are much less cut throat and the general feel of the campus will lessen the stress of a 1L. Its also a huge advantage to go to a law school affiliated with a much larger institution (in my opinion). I think Pepperdine is also a rising star in the legal world and Hastings has struggled to elevate itself in the past decade (things to consider). At least you have two fantastic options and you wont go wrong either way. Good luck
Even if you finish Top 10% at Pepperdine, it's still an uphill battle to transfer and get the same job.
Quote from: Koobideh on April 06, 2008, 02:39:03 AMI would think there is more competition among Pepperdine students because they are at the lower end of the legal market and really have to fight for jobs. As for affiliation with a larger institution, you are right. And Hastings is affiliated with the largest and best public higher education system in the world (UC). Don't think that a jump in the USNews rankings makes Pepperdine a rising starr (get it) in the legal world, they are still at the bottom of the California legal market.