oldtimer wrote:Does anyone know what the "non trad" situation is at Illinois?
I'm just curious if the law school has any contingent at all of older, married students that are more than a few years removed from undergrad.
I just came off of the wait list at Illinois and one of my other top choices and while I already HAD my fall plans in place at a 3rd school, now I am the middle of having to decide between Illinois and two other schools.
I fully understand that Champaign is a "college town," but I'm just curious if anyone out there has any experience as a non traditional Law student there and whether or not you would recommend U of I as a result of that experience.
I was 31 when I started, have a life-in girlfriend, and I'm a 2L now. Granted, I'm from the C-U area, but it's always seemed totally reasonable to have a spouse here. The only issue would be finding employment for your significant other, as C-U isn't big. That said, the housing is super-cheap, so you don't have to make as much here as in other areas.
What kind of information are you looking for specifically?
Thanks to all of you for responding!
As far as specific information, Some of it has already been provided as far as the "feel' of the college town not being too overtly "undergrad." I am several years... (ok, over a decade) out of my undergrad (heck, I finished my Grad work in 2002... for some peek into how "elderly I really am... haha)
At any rate, did my undergrad at what was (at the time) lovingly referred to as one of the top "party schools" in the country (down at the other end of Illinois,
and frankly, I didn't really fit in even then because we got married in my 3rd year of undergrad and I worked tons of hours on campus and took a VERY heavy class load.... no time to party.
We're now "married with children" and want a reasonably "normal" life, but we understand that the top-law-schools.com in and of itself is not "normal" in many respects, so as long as we're not having to actively avoid wild undergrad partiers non stop and avoid going out with our kids because of that "atmosphere" we should be fine.
The other part of the question was really academic. I am curious how "diverse" the classes tend to be in terms of age/life experience and if the older students tend to fit in well or if the younger students tend to have a problem with the older ones (I can't see why they would, but I'm just curious).
I say all that as if I'm an old retired dude starting my 4th career and while I AM technically starting my 4th career, I'm probably only about 10 years older than the "average" student there, so while that IS a pretty good gap, it's not as bad as it could be.
I'm also a professional musician and I have a pretty fair amount of "younger" friends as a result, so I guess I consider myself to be maybe a little "younger" socially than most folks my own age who spent the entire last decade sitting in an office just "growing old." (not sure how to say exactly, but it's not meant to offend anyone younger OR older...)
On that note (off the topic) are there a reasonable number of cool, laid back bars/clubs that have live music... I'm sure I'm going to need an outlet once in a while if I have time (BIG if)... playing an acoustic gig or two now and again would probably help to blow off some 1L steam!
Oh, and Saintclarence, we THOUGHT that might be an issue, (employment for my wife) but no kidding, on the day that I was pulled from the waitlist, I made two phone calls and my wife had someone literally telling her that they NEED HER immediately and wanted her to come up to Champaign to work. Fortunately, she is in Healthcare and already licensed in IL, so she happens to be a perfect fit for an open position right there in Champaign. (destiny???)
That certainly helps to make the decision somewhat.
Again, I appreciate the info folks! See, I already feel more "welcomed" by my fellow Illinois Law people.