Wayne is a great school. I would love to live cheap in Detroit. There are some nice, nice lofts in the city in okay areas for real cheap. Do you know how much tang you could pull in those? haha jk, but seriously Id have no problem living in the city. Not like it is Rio or something. Just get your CCW, a 9mm or a 45, and you are set.Sidenote: Im serious about the CCW (Concealed Weapons permit). I will be taking the class this fall and walking into lecture strapped.
If I'm not mistaken, WSU was a T2 school only a couple of years ago. WSU is an extremely reputable school in Michigan that is better known for its graduate programs (namely, its law school and med school) than it is for its undergrad programs. Wayne State's law school is regarded by most everyone in Michigan as the #2 law school in the state.Sure, Wayne State isn't located in the best part of town, but it's not like you would actually have to live in the ghetto of Detroit if you went to school there. In case if you aren't familiar with metro Detroit, there are a lot of highly livable (and even exclusive) parts of town. While most law students wouldn't be able to afford to live in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, or Troy, there are still plenty of other decent parts of town that they could live. For example, most law students could afford to live in Royal Oak or Ferndale. Both of those cities are just a short commute from WSU, have a decent nightlife, and an abundance of young people that live there.Also, considering how much larger Detroit is than E. Lansing (or Lansing for that matter), there are bound to be more job opportunities available upon graduation. Since Detroit is by far the largest city in Michigan, it should go without saying that it would have the largest legal market, as well. People in the Detroit area are probably going to be more familiar with WSU's law school than with MSU's law school. Firms in metro Detroit will probably be more likely hire graduates from Wayne State than from Michigan State.Detroit is an extremely underrated city. So what if you end up practicing there after graduation? Things could be a lot worse. If you're worried about having to live there during law school or after graduation, maybe you should check out the city and its suburbs some more. Sure, you may have to practice in Detroit, but that doesn't mean that you couldn't live in Oakland county (most lawyers do that). If I'm not mistaken, Oakland County is still the third most affluent county in the country...besides the weather, it's not a bad place at all to live.Lastly, Wayne State is SO much cheaper than MSU. Yes, Michigan State is a public university, but the state does not fund its law school. The state does, however, fund Wayne State's law school. Even if you won't have in state tuition in the fall, you can get it the following fall. Why would you want to pay that much more money to go to a school that is ranked slightly below another one?My vote: Go to Wayne
Id like to hear people's thoughts on Toledo vs. Wayne. I think I could transfer to Wayne from Toledo without a problem and I am considering it. Tuition would be about the same, but if I went to Wayne I could live at home and save some money. Toledo was in the second tier after Wayne fell out, but they are pretty comparable....I think. It appears that Toledo places in Michigan better than Wayne places in Ohio, but Im basing that on nothing very substantive. If true, it probably has a lot (or everything) to do with toledo offering in state tuition to Michigan counties. The faculty at Toledo so far has been amazing and Im doing fairly well so Im not sure if it would be worth transfering just to save 15k over 2 years, but I will continue to play with the thought.