onionskin wrote:Heart says Hastings, head says UW for prestige (it's a psychological thing) and what I assume is a much better job market (basically all of WA and OR with no real schools to compete with). Does anyone know what it is like to move sideways into the CA legal market (again DA etc) from another state?
I should probably add that going to Hastings would involve staying at home (no rent) and lots of family/social support nearby. I have never lived in nor been to Seattle. I don't know how much those things matter for law school.
As for debt, well. I'll leave that up to your imaginations. At the end of the day all I really want is an honest breakdown of differences between these three schools to help me make a choice, not discouragement or a lesson in responsible financial planning.
Tally so far:
Ranking doesn't matter = 1
Go to school where you want to work = 1
Why not work in Seattle? Seattle has criminals but a lower crime rate, and a comparatively smooth-running D.A.'s office. UW is easily the superior law school, and you could theoretically get work in NorCal as a UW graduate; it will just take more networking. If it isn't a weather or family connections issue, you might want to consider Seattle further.
Clean; beautiful scenery and four real seasons; modern; great health care; a wide variety of top entertainment options (theater/opera, shopping, live music scene, restaurants and bars); all five major pro sports (once the Sonics and Metropolitans return); comparatively lower in crime; top colleges and universities locally (UW ranked as one of the top-50 or 60 in the world); great schools for kids; Seattle people are more more genuine, less superficial; more wealth per capita; eight Fortune-500 companies headquartered in Seattle-area; second-most degreed city in the U.S. (behind Washington, D.C.); recession-proof region (people here have jobs!); far less pollution; far more environmental consciousness; springs & summers are amazingly beautiful, and can reach 100 degrees; "Indian summers" are frequent; located near skiing; located 2-3 hours from either Portland or Vancouver, B.C. (Which is a very international city).
Downsides: rains more than NorCal; transportation/traffic can be a headache at times; lack of true racial diversity (mostly white with a sizable Asian community, fewer blacks and even fewer Latinos and American-Indians/"Native Americans")
For overall quality of life, Seattle is extremely hard to beat, my friends.