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unlv..the pics look nice...whats it like..first hand accounts?

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how far is it from the strip?

where do students typically live?

hows the cost of living?

any other thoughts/impressions?

mchek

Re: unlv..the pics look nice...whats it like..first hand accounts?
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2005, 09:58:52 PM »
I visited UNLV recently. It is very close to the strip. Just a few blocks away. You can see the casinos from the campus. The guy who gave me my tour said that a lot of students live in Henderson, which seemed to be about a fifteen minute drive. There are a lot of apartments in closer but they are older and not as nice. He said a fairly nice, new one bedroom apartment in Henderson will run $800 - $900. My online research confirms it. He also said that it is a bit cheaper to live closer in to the strip and to the school.

The campus is really nice. They are going to break ground on a brand new mock courtroom building this summer, I think. The law school is smack in the middle of campus. I visited on a weekday and found parking to be relatively easy. Also on campus they are building a brand new student center.

I really, really liked the school a lot. They have been gifted a lot of money which they are going to use towards facilities and hiring new faculty. I was told that they are going to increase thier faculty without increasing their class size, further lowering the faculty student ratio.

A couple of my concerns regarding the school deal with its youth. There have only been 7 graduating classes (I think, and only 2 of which were ABA accredited). So there are very few alumni networking opportunities. Also, at this time, they only have one journal, the Nevada Law Review. So if you are unable to write on or grade on to the law review you have no more journal opportunities. I dont remember what top percent grades on, 5 or 10 percent.

UNLV has very good placement in Nevada with firms, judges, etc. There is a lot of support in the community for the school.

There is no OCI for 1Ls - however, I don't know if that is the case at most schools.

The library is not crowded, the building is wireless.

That's all I can think of. Feel free to ask anything that I didn't address. After my visit, UNLV is definately one of my top choices. Now I am just waiting to hear.

calliemae

Re: unlv..the pics look nice...whats it like..first hand accounts?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2005, 10:30:11 PM »
Mchek is pretty dead on (I live in Vegas). I would add, though, that UNLV is a big time commuter school so after 8 pm or so the campus is absolutely dead. School spirit is nil and is reflected at the sports games, which are sparesely attended. That may not really matter to you, though, but I thought I'd chime in. Also, employment opportunities are very few outside of Nevada since the school is so new.

Hope this helps.



how far is it from the strip?

where do students typically live?

hows the cost of living?

any other thoughts/impressions?

Re: unlv..the pics look nice...whats it like..first hand accounts?
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2005, 09:12:17 AM »
Just so you know, during rush hour it can take 45 min to get from henderson to the strip, if not longer. Traffic is becoming a nightmare in Vegas. And don't forget that it's packed on weekends when we LA people drive in.

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Re: unlv..the pics look nice...whats it like..first hand accounts?
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2005, 10:56:26 AM »
I saw the UNLV campus while looking out of my window at the Hardrock.  You could play a few hands of blackjack in between classes.

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2005, 12:46:13 PM »
I have lived in vegas my entire life and it sucks!! The campus is depressing and yes the traffic sucks. Also the national reputation is not that great so plan on spending years after in Las Vegas.

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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2005, 12:54:55 PM »
sounds like someone who wants people go to a different school thereby increasing his chances.

calliemae

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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2005, 01:06:44 PM »
Actually, a lot of people do not like it here and not necessarily because of the strip. What they don't tell you about the 6,000 people that move here every month is that about 3,000 leave, too. A lot of people don't like the fact that it's one big suburb with no identity of its own. Of course, that is the same reason why a lot of people do like it.

sounds like someone who wants people go to a different school thereby increasing his chances.

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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2005, 03:24:10 PM »
calliemae,

I do appreciate when someone states that they dont like something they give actual reasons for it.  so I say thank you.  People who just say "it sucks" with nothing to back it up either have an agenda or is someone who will fill the bottom of the class.

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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2005, 05:45:01 PM »
There are many reasons why UNLV and Las Vegas sucks. Las Vegas is a transiet town and the type of people that move and thus live here is depressing. Las Vegas is filled with a bar on every corner and homeless drunks begging for more money to gamble away. There is a reason why people only come to Vegas for 2 days on vacation because they cant handle the city anymore. The traffic is horrific and its not showing any signs of improvement. The campus is located in close proximity to the strip so you are forced to deal with the traffic because unless you enjoy living in the hood you must live in either green valley or summerlin. I have no plans on attending UNLV because I cant stand living here anymore and I am leaving as soon as I can, 10 years has been enough! But if you enjoy nice/decent weather, a lower cost of living and non stop partying, like it will matter in ls, than go to UNLV and once you graduate enjoy your 45,000 a year job.