TheTopBloke wrote:Is Berkeley genuinely a good place for free thinkers, or is it more a place for conformist liberal dogma?
Plenty of room for many different opinions. The Federalist Society is just as active as the ACS.
TheTopBloke wrote:Also, would the latest problems in Cali including the UC finance issues be a genuine reason, or merely an excuse, to cross Berkeley off the list?
Cali's problems are cyclical. This downturn may last longer than past ones, but rumors of Cali's downfall are somewhat exaggerated. As for the UC fiscal situation, Dean Edley's long range plans are designed to eliminate dependence on the regents. What it means for us is higher tuition. Yes that sucks, but I see it as protecting my investment rather than letting the quality of the school wither for lack of funding from the state. To answer your question directly, for most people it's an excuse.
TheTopBloke wrote:I heard somewhere the law library is closed more than most people would like, and I do think that is a genuine concern for potential students. If you cant utilize it, what's the point, right?
This doesn't sound accurate to me. You have to go home sometime. I tend to study at home rather than the library, but friends that study there haven't ever complained about the hours. The librarians--the real resource of any library-- are f***ing awesome.