AnaMariana42 wrote:Are there any current Duke students around to combat the occasional "even the kids who go to Duke don't like Duke" vibe on the boards?
Checking in. I couldn't imagine doing law school anywhere else.
Ditto. Duke/Durham has a lot going for it. It's very underrepresented on TLS, but as was mentioned before, that's largely a result of its small size. When it comes to employment specifically - many firms are looking to fill their classes with one or two people from each law school (especially once you get past HYS and to a lesser extent CCN). This really benefits the smaller schools like Duke. Also, you have a lot less competition in many markets because unlike schools centered in big legal markets - Dukies largely are focused on a diverse set of markets. Also, Duke equals or outperforms basically every school outside of HYS in terms of federal clerkships. On top of all of this I've found that the Career Center is a fairly valuable resource, which doesn't seem to be the case at all of the top schools.
As far as housing goes, I'm a big advocate of houses versus apartments if you are looking for more than just one person. There's some great deals to be had in Durham. The apartments are fine, just pricey (by Durham standards) when compared to what you can get in a house. Feel free to PM me if you want specific housing advice. There are a couple of areas of Durham I'd avoid - but for the most part its very quickly becoming a very comfortable place to live (it seems like there is a new restaurant opening downtown every other week).