akakak wrote:tdanielle wrote:2 all: Is SU your first choice? What makes you like it? I live in San Diego, but I visited Seattle and fell in love with the area.
I live Seattle, but I've lived here for many years. I can't say the people are particularly easy to get to know but once you do they are great. I love the weather and its a spectacular place to live if you're interested in outdoor activities. I also really like the big city feel without the mess and congestion of bigger places like LA or SF.
The school specifically is appealing to me because of their legal writing program, their demonstrated commitment (as opposed to a few sentences on their website) to social justice and public interest law, their location in town, and the # of scholarships they give out. They also accept a greater range of people with more interesting and diverse backgrounds than UW, which I think really contributes to the whole experience. I can't say for sure but based on my experience living in Seattle and knowing people who have gone to both schools I see UW as a place where mostly academically strong (and typically white or privileged) students go with little life experience. If you don't plan on practicing in Washington State though I'm not sure how much notoriety SU has nationwide.
Thanks for the input. I'm from San Diego as well, but will not be trying to practice in CA, and Seattle is high on my list right now. I think I've narrowed it down to SU, Denver, or whichever Oregon school(s) I get into.
I was also happy to discover the 2010 employment data on the SU website over the weekend. It looks a lot better than 2009's (no surprise there).