I'm in the Cherry Hill Crowne Plaza as we speak...visited Rutgers today. Needless to say, but I absolutely loved everything about the school; the students were pretty relaxed - especially for exam time- the campus was clean and compact, and in an incredibly awesome location (near both courthouses). As I expected, the "rough" parts of Camden were entirely overblown; if you're from the south, you more than likely have seen much, much worse. It seems that there are just some really bad areas where the gang problems are quite pronounced - it gives the entire town a much worse wrap than I believe it deserves.
I am staying in Haddonfield, and let me tell you, I am very glad. It is the most quaint and friendly little town you could imagine, with that "All-American" main st. feel about it; all of the buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries, and have been restored with cool little boutique shops. It is easy to navigate, and having the PATCO directly across from my apartment is an additional bonus. Though I think Haddonfield Manor (where I am staying) is all booked up, it seems there are tons of little apartments above the storefronts that are available. Just visit the downtown area and look for "For Rent" signs - I'm sure something will turn up.
Now that I have visited, met with Dean Andrews and talked to some of the students, I feel fully confident in my decision to attend Rutgers-Camden. Even if a school such as Notre Dame comes through, as of right now, knowing Rutgers placements for judicial clerkships, national reputation, etc., I think I have found the school for me. The total cost of attendance vs. the quality of education seems to be too good of a deal to pass up. I hope to see you all in August!!!