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I have been accepted at both Temple law school and University of Cincinnati. Both schools are pretty comparable in general terms, that is why it has been so hard to decide.

I like the idea of living in a big city  a lot more than i like the idea of living in Cincinnati (I like diversity-demographically- is Philly diverse?); however, I am concerned that Philly is too much of "raw city", with the crime and all, specially, Temple's location. I heard someone say  that you have to be street smart; but I am not sure if I have what it takes. Is the first year experience at Temple too overwhelming- in terms of the city?

I would appreciate any responses you may have as well as any comments you have on temple (or UCinn) in general. The clock is almost up so I need to decide!!Thanks

I'll be attending Temple starting in August and honestly I was sold on every aspect of the school.  The only issue I ever had with it was its location.  My understanding is that most people commute to the law school from various areas around the city.  I currently live in the suburbs and plan on taking regional rail every day.  The rail line drops you off right on campus.  In addition, if you have to stay a little later at night apparently the campus is lit up like it's Vegas.

It is true that the area around the campus is pretty rough and Philly's crime problem has been garnering significant negative press for the past few years, but overall I don't believe it's a huge issue for attending law school there. 

Otherwise Temple is probably the best school in the city besides Penn, but they like to send a lot of their grads to the north and south of us.  I have a family friend who told me that Temple's alumni network is very strong and that Temple alum hire their own a lot of the time which if true to any extent will give you a leg up on your job hunt.  Anyways I am rambling a bit, but I am a self-admitted quasi-cityphobe and location is not a huge issue to me anymore although I admit it was a consideration for me when deciding on school.

The city is fine and only some areas are "raw" as you put it. Like any big city, you can't be stupid or you could get yourself into trouble. The things that get most people into trouble include (1) walking around while brandishing expensive electronics such as iPods; (2) getting extremely intoxicated and then wandering around waiting to get mugged; (3) leaving things in your car thus enticing people to smash out your windows.

As a west-coaster I can assure you that, despite what you might have heard, Philly is a beautiful city and the people are extremely friendly. 

Team Pam:
Philly is very diverse, and a great place to live.  If you follow mutual_biscuit's advice, you should be fine.  And I second what has been said about Temple -- I think your opportunities will be a lot better and you'll have more national reach coming out of Temple than Cincinatti.  It's a very well-regarded school.  Unless you're really set on staying in Ohio forever, or there's a huge money difference, I'd take Temple. 

I used to live on the Broad Street corridor a bit south of Temple, and it was pretty rough.  However, that said, I never had any problems, which is more than I can say for my current neighborhood in DC, and I walked home alone from work at around 10-11 PM most nights.  The neighborhood I lived in is also in the beginning stages of gentrification.  I would imagine that by the time you're halfway through law school it will be a much more livable area.

Temple, though, is really easy to get to from a lot of different neighborhoods in Philly, so if you don't particularly like the area directly surrounding the school it shouldn't be a problem.


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