Zaphod - are you planning on staying in Portland long-term then? Is your fiance planning to move down eventually, or do you hope to return to Seattle to work? As of now, my plan is to stay in portland long-term. With Lewis and Clark being the only law school right in Portland, they have good connections with the local legal community. I'm not sure how it is upon graduation, but there seem to be pretty good hook ups in terms of summer positions, maybe not with the big firms but certainly with the local governments and small to mid size firms.I'm definitely interested in hearing about what you like about Portland versus Seattle. The cities are very similar. Seattle is prettier, by far, that's the one thing I do miss when I go up there, the cityscape and all. I like the suburbs of Portland much more, the burbs of Seattle annoy me in their unoriginality. The traffic and the cost of living is a major plus. My fiance and I have been shopping around for a 3-bedroom house to rent, and everything we see is well within our price range since we're working off what Seattle rent has been. Where are you living? I'm not really a city dweller, so I was looking around Tigard or Lake Oswego. Do you think Beaverton would be too far to commute? Is parking on-campus really that much of a pain? I'm actually living in Beaverton, the west side of it. I live for free, or I would probably move closer, but to be honest it's not that bad. I have about a 20-40 minute commute depending on the traffic. If you were to live on the east side of Beaverton, or the Raleigh Hills area, you would have the suburban feel and be really close to school, you wouldn't even have to hit a highway. I don't know much about Tigard, but I knoew some people who live in Lake Oswego and I know it's pretty easy for them. Parking on campus? Yeah, it can be bad. The talk is, apparently every three years someone pushes really hard for a new parking structure, and the environmental community here (which is big) gets their knickers in a twist and it dies out. The funny thing about that is, I came across a law school preview book in a used book store from 1980, and they said the exact same thing about the motor heads vs. the environmentalists! So we could have a long wait . Parking is cheap compared to Seattle, though, and most of the time you can find a parking spot without too much of a hike. The problem, as a whole, is blown out of proportion.
Zaphod - are you planning on staying in Portland long-term then? Is your fiance planning to move down eventually, or do you hope to return to Seattle to work? I wish I knew for sure where I'm going to be in a month or so. So far, L&C has been so helpful about everything, and students here and on other boards have nothing but good things to say.I'm definitely interested in hearing about what you like about Portland versus Seattle. So far, it seems like rental housing is much cheaper and traffic isn't as bad. The roads don't seem to be maintained as well, but that's not really a huge factor. Where are you living? I'm not really a city dweller, so I was looking around Tigard or Lake Oswego. Do you think Beaverton would be too far to commute? Is parking on-campus really that much of a pain? Well, thanks for your input - it's good to hear from someone who's already made the move.