Headybrah wrote:let me preface this by saying I don't know nothing about from which I speak
Anyways, Im very interested in Davis but I have a few quick questions
1. Why doesn't Davis have a stronger Enviro law program, I haven't really examined the professors yet but I know they are a leading Agriculture research university I would assume they would have a strong enviro law program especially because Ca is so far ahead in terms of state environmental regulations. Your thoughts? Why don't they rank in the enviro law rankings?
2. How is Davis? Im in Santa Cruz now and thinking Davis might be a bit small and isolated, which is fine I kind of need that for my academics - is there enough to do outside school though?
3. How is the student body you like your classmates? Competitive?
4. Whats the deal with the new building?
thanks much - thinking of a trip up sometime soon
Sorry I've been so lax on this thread. Law school and all. Plus I forgot I made it. Anyhow, I'm back. Thanks to the other Davis guys who've picked up the slack in the meantime.
1. Take specialty rankings with a big grain of salt is the conventional wisdom around TLS. If you looked only at those, they would have you going to Vermont over UCD, which is pretty much a horrible call if you want to practice in CA (and maybe a horrible call no matter what, unless you're looking for Burlington Biglaw--which I'm fairly sure just involves contract disputes about coats/syrup). Davis has a strong enough environmental focus. I know a number of people involved in our Environmental Law Society and the environmental journal and they do a lot of networking events with people doing environmental work, especially regulatory stuff in Sacramento.
2. For being a small town, Davis is a blast. There's plenty to do here, but Sacramento is a pretty big city and is only 10 minutes away. Pretty much anything you might need can be found here.
3. That's the beauty of Davis. People take pride in keeping King Hall a chill place. People in your section will share outlines/notes, and there is a supportive atmosphere. Unlike a lot of law schools, especially certain similarly-ranked ones down in the Bay Area, people here realize that a big point of law school is networking. You're going to be working with the people in your class (or at least a lot of them) for the next 30 years, and that's at least as important as who gets the high score on the next contracts quiz. People here understand that, and it makes the student body great. I made a lot of friends within the first few weeks and can't imagine myself elsewhere. Having talked to various friends, the only ones who describe a LESS competitive atmosphere than King Hall are the ones at HYS--which makes sense, because those guys could basically get Cs and still do fine employment-wise.
4. The new building is ugly (though slightly less so than the old building, which is really ugly). It is also taking a long time to build, but should be done this spring. Not much to say there other than that it will probably be nice inside, but outside they opted to continue the Cold-War-bunker-style that characterizes the rest of King Hall's architecture.