Colton wrote:I'm not sure if this was at me or not, but here you go.
Oakland, is probably like 500 plus utilities, but its mostly undergrads, I live here now - most law students live in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill and take the bus in. Neighborhoods are nicer, quieter, and have better apartments. They're in the 5-700 range. I'm looking at 2 brs right now. They range from 900 to 1,500 depending on the location, size, quality etc.
It looks like that you attend Pitt Law. I could not find a thread that discusses the Pitt Law. I appreciate if you can answer my below questions.
1. What is the typical section size?
2. How is the grading curve at your law school?
3. Do you see your law school as a cut-throat (very competitive) school or not so?
4. Does the school use the Socratic method?
5. How are the job prospects for the students not at top 10%?
6. What is your favorite part about your law school?
7. Does the faculty lean more liberal or conservative? How about the student body?
8. How generous is the school in granting scholarships?
Thanks in advance.
here you go: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=96420
1. There are 3 sections of 80 and smaller writing sections of 20ish.
2. 3.0+ so pretty good. Also, we dont rank so there is less pressure.
3. Its not cut-throat at all. People are nice, down to earth, very few gunners, and the social pressure on them to stop is pretty strong. It's an extremely friendly law school, I never would have thought it would have been such a great experience on the interpersonal level based on what everyone reads about law school.
4. Some professors do, some don't so much, most use a hybrid. I will say though that nearly everyone prefers it, actually. It makes for more engaging and exciting classes.
5. I'm not in the top 10%. I'll be working at a firm in DC, another non-10% is working at the NLRB in NYC. Networking is big no doubt, but there are ton of pitt alums who open doors for you and there is no question that Pitt has pittsburgh locked up. Knowing you have a natural market to utilize ITE is a big help. You dont have to travel to make great connections or to work part-time.
7. Politics really never comes up at all, except in con-law. That said, the facutly is very middle of road politically, other than Prof. Lobel who is a big time Liberal. [He just had a case before the SCOTUS two weeks ago for what its worth] But, everyone is very respectful. Students are what I would describe as pretty moderate. It's a much less political environment than I would have guessed before law school. I personally think there are slightly more conservatives than liberals, but then I'm a liberal so who knows. I know some very hardcore libertarians and some strong socialists and everything in between. Law tends to be a more conservative field. No one tolerates assholes though regardless of their political positions. Lastly, law school has a way of making everyone say, "well that depends," and I think that spills over in to everyones politics too. If that makes sense.
8. I think they're pretty generous. seems like everyone got some money, many got the 14k deans scholarship. I however did not. lol.