hownowbrowncow wrote:Thanks for taking questions. This is a bit of a parochial question, but I was wondering if you knew anything about the competitiveness of a Boalt degree compared to UT law in TX? Several posts I've read claim that some TX firms look more favorably on a UT degree than one from HYSB. Do you know of any Boalt Texans (or HYS Texans for that matter) who are considered scofflaw for not going to Austin? Much appreciated.
I'm not aware of this, but it could happen at a few of the B and C tier firms.
There are new places every day in the Bay Area (just look at Craigslist), so no one should freak out about not having a place. The only reason to be concerned would be if someone wanted to be a couple blocks from Boalt, since the search area would be so small. As far as hanging out with other people goes, where you live is likely not that big a problem. Go to happy hours, join one of the gazillion student groups. Did Admissions or Student Services send out the link to Cal Rentals? I think they have a guide to various neighborhoods on their website.
I don't have a car or bike, and I live too far to walk, so I am dependent on the buses. It's functional; it could be much better. Consistency is a problem; i.e., the buses are far too frequently late. The 51 is particularly problematic in this respect; however, it is supposed to run every 10 minutes, so even when late, you aren't waiting that long. The good thing about the bus system is that you are generally close to several different lines no matter where you are. 511.org is a good resource for planning trips.
Of the people I know who drive to campus, none have made any complaints about getting the permit. Finding a parking place, however, can be a problem. But not for motorcycles, which can park right next to Boalt. I've never seen that area full.