Salem? That was a question mark for me, too. Though I didnít get to spend much time there (1 day, 1 night), it still struck me as a remarkably clean city, clean regardless of where you were in town. I read somewhere that its population is approx. 140,000, so (by my standards) thereís probably plenty to do. Mind you, though, Iím from Eastern Washington so pretty much everything west of the mountains seems huge to me. So whether thereís much to do is kind of relative, but every time I read a description of Salem from Willamette they make sure to point out that Portland, Eugene, the ocean, and the mountains are all w/in an hourís drive. Does this mean that the main thing to do in Salem is to go somewhere else?
I do know that Salem has a Goldís gym, which is nice because I like to work out and already have a membership. Maybe Iíll find a place close to the gym, but right now I donít have much idea where I plan on living. If you find a convenient or fun area, let me know. Also, if you end up going downtown, Iíd like to know how the nightlife is so that Iíll know what Iím missing out on when Iím spending my Friday nights studying.
Unfortunately, I didnít really meet any current Willamette students, but my general impression was that the students were pretty laid back. You might get a different impression, though, since Iím guessing itís close to finals week. The professors with whom I spoke seemed really open and genuine, but of course they would try to give that impression regardless.
2 other things that I thought were pretty cool: the law library is open 24 hrs, and the Capital is so close that it looks like itís part of campus.
What do you know about Salem/Willamette? Do you know whether itís considered more liberal or conservative? Do you know anyone whoís also planning on attending or has attended Willamette (law school or not)? I do know of at least one person who went to undergrad there; I think Iíll track her down and ask her about it.
Good luck w/L&C, btw.