mrwarre85 wrote:OKC is so much fun. My girfriend works so I think we could afford bricktown.. what % of kids you think commute from OKC to OU law?
Three things (1 on NU_Jet55's comments and then 2 and 3 on mrwarre85's quote above):
1) Listen to what NU_Jet55 has to say. It's pretty spot on, especially for people coming from out of state thinking that OU's ranking is going to land them a great job anywhere. It's a tough
legal market out there, and Oklahoma is no different in any respect. You're not going to have a chance at firm jobs "everywhere" with an OU Law degree.
Yeah, their football team is popular (right now), yeah, it's a decent law school that will give you a good education at value cost. That said, there are exactly two people in my class who landed market-rate SA positions in Dallas; one of them is IP. The vast
majority of my class is unemployed for next summer, and those of us who are lucky enough to have SA positions are all in Oklahoma, where market rate does not begin to compensate for taking out full loans to fund OOS tuition and cost of living for three years. I have it on good authority that the same goes for DU, but I obviously have no personal experience with their law school. (I do like Denver a lot, though.)
2) Plenty of people (probably 5-10%, purely a guess) commute. There are a couple of students who hail from places as far as Stillwater. No one I know of actually lives in Bricktown, but that's not to say that a) no one actually does, or b) you couldn't live there. Which brings me to the unsolicited advice...
3) Don't live in Bricktown and commute to OU Law. There are a number of reasons why I recommend against this, below are just a few.
Traffic is terrible, and they're starting M.A.P.S. 3512960, which is a city-wide rennovation that includes major
rerouting of entire interstates just south of downtown. I know some law students commute for various legitimate reasons, but it has to pile on the stress. Law school is plenty stressful.
Second, it's expensive. Not only is apartment rent higher, but gas is not cheap, and there are no grocery stores nearby, which means (if you're like me) you tend to eat out a lot more. You mentioned your girlfriend is working so you could afford it. I'll spare you the "relationship won't last past 1L" spiel, and go with financial advice instead. Spend the extra money it would cost to live in OKC and commute on other things. Take out fewer loans, or invest it, or whatever. You'll thank yourself later. There's an adage: Live like a student now or live like a student for the rest of your life.
Third, if you're doing law school "right" (or unless you're just naturally brilliant, and I mean brilliant
) you will have no time to enjoy Bricktown. I think the area, while cool (especially by Oklahoma standards) is overrated. I just don't think it's worth it. Your results may vary though. To me, Bricktown is good for drinking and restaurants. There are places to drink in Norman, when you have time.