lawyering wrote: crackberry wrote:
lawyering wrote:I'm pickier about the specific city. For me, Berkeley > NYC > Boston > Palo Alto.
It's not so much that I love Palo Alto, but more that I love having Yosemite, Tahoe, Big Sur, etc. within a few hours drive. You don't get anything remotely close to that within a day's drive of HLS (the Maine coast is the closest thing and even that is only awesome in the summer, when I likely wouldn't be in Cambridge anyway).
Hahaha. You're very optimistic about how much free time you're going to have while in LS. From what I hear, it's not quite like undergrad...just throwing that out there. I've talked to SLS students who almost never even made it into San Fran, nevermind a few hours away. And from Boston, you can do a LOT better on public transport within 4-8 hours (or by flight in 1-2) than you can from Palo Alto. Providence is 1 hr away. New York is 3.5. Philly and DC are also quite accessible, all via one short flight or train ride. Granted, in winter, I'd much rather be gallavanting around Northern Cali, no question. But who has time for such things anyway? If I want a quick bite to eat, where would I rather be? From what I hear, Palo Alto is BORING.
Yes, clearly there are more cities clustered closer together near Boston/Cambridge, but the East Coast just doesn't do it for me. I lived in New York my whole life before college and then in DC for a year after graduation. Sure, they're nice in Spring and Fall, but I'm a California boy.
I know LS doesn't offer a lot of free time - at least not during 1L, but I don't plan on working all day Saturday and Sunday every weekend. I'm sure I'll find time to get off campus. It helps me refocus and relax, etc.
No, Palo Alto is not sweet. I spent four years there during undergrad. It's not a great town, but as far as food, it's fine. There aren't fun bars/clubs, but if I really want to let loose one weekend, I can drive to SF. I have plenty of friends who live there.
And San Francisco, FWIW, is my favorite US city.