Having lived in Portland for a while....think twice about Salem...its not a very happening place to live. Not a lot going on. I've heard the same thing about dropping students...I, however, heard they drop the bottom 25%. If you want to live in Oregon, look at Lewis and Clark. Beautiful campus and wonderful programs in Environmental, International and Business law.
Another bonus of the area is the low cost of living. For those of us on a budget, any school that allows a short commute and good housing prices is helpful. So again, depends on your goal. I want to do public service/government law, so the less debt I have at graduation, the better.
This is a warning from a current WU undergrad. (Going someplace else for law school.)Salem is a dump, hands down the worst city in Oregon. Cheap, but sketchy as all get out. The bars are lame except for a few McMinnamin's, food options are limited, outdoor options are weak. Far away from skiing , climbing, and lots of petty crime. Serious meth and/or homeless, transient problem. Go to L & C, portland is much better. Don't be fooled by the pretty campus. I've put 20,000 miles a year on my car escape this place on the weekends.
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