Hello fellow LSD denizens,I need help deciding where to go to law school next year.First, UW. I visited law month and absolutely loved it. Beautiful law building on a beautiful campus in Seattle; overall, got a very good impression of the place. Most importantly, they have a kickass health law program, the study of which is something I might be very interested in specializing in. I would go to UW in a heartbeat - except that it's in Seattle.I'm from the SF Bay Area, and I also really want to try to stay around here. My family is here, and my boyfriend, who I want to try to stay with, is also in San Francisco. I'd like to live and work here after I graduate from law school. This is where UC Hastings comes in. They don't have a health law program, have a crappy location in downtown SF, and I haven't heard great things about the student experience there. BUT, it's in the Bay Area. Apparently they have a pretty solid reputation around here, despite being overshadowed by Boalt and Stanford. So I might have more of an advantage in the job market after graduation than if I went to UW.I have yet to receive any scholarship or aid offers from either school, so that is not a factor for me right now. Their tuition would be pretty much the same anyways, since UW is so cheap for out-of-staters.Anyways...thoughts? Opinions? Anything is greatly appreciated.
Personally, I feel that UW is overrated. Great school, but you dont get the same sense you get at Hastings -- being in a legal community and having access to the courts and government agencies.
I apologize for his ignorance. Its a brand new program and the seminar component (which will also include UCSF students) wont be offered until Fall '07. The clinic also involves attorneys from the Orrick law firm. Its under the umbrella of the Hastings Homless Legal Services and the Civil Justice Clinic. Its tuesday nights at the UCSF Clinic at 5th and Bryant.Its a big school and they are constantly adding new programs. And like I mentioned earlier the academic dean and a lot of the faculty are into clinical education.