You bring up the exact points I've been wrestling with for the past several weeks. It's a tough decision with pros and cons on both sides...but that's what I get for having miserable scores that aren't acceptable for the other Northern California schools. Maybe someone at Davis will accept me by accident. What factors went into your decision (I'm assuming you've decided of course), bosco?BTW, thanks for the input! I posted a thread asking people's opinions between the two schools awhile ago and got maybe two responses.
The law school facilities are great as well, even though the building was paid for and named after Phil Knight of Nike.
Looks like someone posted the exact same info while I was typing, but here it is since I spent the time to write it! I attended UO for undergrad and currently live in Eugene. I loved my time at the school, and I think the quality of life there is hard to beat (I pay under $300 for my own room in a nice apartment). You've probably already have to make a decision, so I don't know how helpful this will be, but here it is for anyone who is going to UO.Some housing (the undergrad. campus ghetto area) is definitely falling apart, but you shouldn't have a hard time finding something nice that's close to the law school. I've always thought the areas close to campus were really fun and create a nice sense of community for the school. The town is extrememly laid back and liberal--a mix of hippies, yuppies and anarchists. There are about 150,000 people who live here. Public spaces and parks are great. There are lots of running/bike trails all over, so transportation isn't an issue if you don't have a car. There are also lots of bars per capita, it seems. I know a lot of law students and often see them out and about on weekends. Not really much of a nightclub/dancing scene, and every once in awhile big shows come to town. The beer in Oregon is some of the best in the country. Resturants are good for the size of the town, but not amazing. There are lots of eclectic and unique places to eat. Could use more international food (Indian and Ethiopian are hard to come by, but improving). The campus is beautiful, and is my favorite of any I've ever seen. The law school facilities are great as well, even though the building was paid for and named after Phil Knight of Nike. If you're interested in environmental law, the public interest environmental law conference at UO is completely amazing. There are over 100 panels with people from all over the world on them. I think the environmental law program will carry well anywhere in the US. Otherwise, you should probably plan on staying in Oregon or Washington. I'm originally from CA, and I don't think a UO degree is very highly regarded there. There definitely desirable positions in Eugene, Salem and Portland where a UO degree would be good. I did apply to UO law and withdrew for a couple reasons: bad jobs prospects, weather, expensive out-of-state tuition, lack of diversity and just needing a change. Plus I'd like to go back to CA eventually, though the Northwest would be fine, too. Good luck to everyone on deciding/moving.