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Old 02-25-2015, 03:49 PM
 
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Thanks for your long reply! I think they are hard choices but I'm not necessarily looking to live in either after law school, though UT would probably give me more leeway to get into law firms around the country, provided I get in of course

Apply to both schools and see what happens, your question may be answered for you. Good luck!
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:34 PM
 
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I'm in the Phoenix area now and I can tell you that Phoenix sucks. The people are more obnoxious than I anticipated, the weather is nice now but from what I hear it's HOT during the summer months. It's also kind of boring here, so prepare not to have much to do.

I'm also a minority for what it's worth, and if you had a chance to see Tiger Woods at the Phoenix Open a few weeks ago in Scottsdale, you would have heard some idiot yelling out "Chicken and Waffles!!" every time he hit the ball. Obnoxious and ignorant seems to be the norm here.

I've lived in a few different cities and I've found that as a rule of thumb, if you never hear about anyone visiting a city other than to see their family, then most likely there's a reason for it and most likely that reason is because the city sucks and it has nothing interesting to offer in and of itself. When's the last time you heard of someone visiting Phoenix just for the hell of it? Hope this helps.

I've never been to Austin, so I can't speak on it. Though I am considering visiting.
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Old 02-25-2015, 06:14 PM
 
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So I'm a rising Senior poised to go to Law School in Fall of 2016 and am wondering for those that are familiar with the following cities which one you think (and why) I would most fit in?

- Phoenix, AZ
- Austin, TX

I have never been to either and am not really familiar at all with the Western United States having been brought up in Northern VA/DC area and overseas where people tend to be much more liberal and open-minded. The reason I'm interested in these cities is because I want to go somewhere totally different (in terms of landscape) and somewhere where I will be warm all year round. However, I also want to be able to fit in, being a diverse person myself and someone who is accustomed to diversity...Given all this, which city do you think I would most enjoy for at least 3 years?
I lived in Northern VA/MD/DC and lived in Arizona for a few years. I also have spent a considerable amount of time in Austin and Phoenix. I love both cities; Phoenix will offer you a very different landscape where you can be in the desert, and if you drive 2 hours north, your in a huge forest with cooler temperatures. Austin has the hill country, and a very lively, energetic scene full of events, night life, etc.. Phoenix has stuff going on also, but just a bit more spread out. As one poster has said, apply to both schools and see what happens...

I would seriously consider doing a few days in each city (in the summer), and go with your gut. I've heavily considered going back to Arizona for the cost of living & lifestyle (very warm & dry, hiking/outdoor stuff, and its golf heaven).

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Old 02-25-2015, 07:31 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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Can you get into a school in the Bay Area or Southern California?

Otherwise, Austin is probably more your thing. Phoenix is nice, but it's not an eastern style social melting pot.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:00 PM
 
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I want to go somewhere totally different (in terms of landscape) and somewhere where I will be warm all year round. However, I also want to be able to fit in

Phoenix. for a person of color its decent, not great. However, you mention different in landscape? its desert beauty at its finest. Its not all brown either, like some people like to say on CD. Warm all year round for the most part 1-2 months of 50-60 highs and 30-40s lows. The humidity is never too high year round, except july-sept it can get up to 50% which is not like 85% back east in places...

good luck and congrats!
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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Austin is one of the coolest cities in the world for a young person to live in, it has great nightlife but its not trashy like South Beach or Vegas nightlife, people are super friendly and welcoming place. I always have a blast when I visit Austin. It is getting kinda expensive by Texas standards to live but not that bad compared to the East and West Coasts cost of living. I wish I was moving to Austin soon. Only drawback is the hot summers that are near unbearable. I do not know that much about Phoenix, I have been their a few times didn't like it as a tourist not that much to do but I did really like that like Scottsdale.Phoenix could be a great place to live, it bored me as a tourist.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:43 AM
 
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Seems like Austin is the winner, but I'd still love to visit Phoenix, maybe it's better for vacation
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:23 AM
 
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Seems like Austin is the winner, but I'd still love to visit Phoenix, maybe it's better for vacation
Phoenix is one of those cities better to live than visit. But by all means visit, I'm just warning you. Austin is good for both (visiting and living).

If you go to the Phoenix you should take the drive to the grand canyon, and if you want to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) to see Arizona's "Beach" (actually in Mexico).

Other than that, Phoenix is dead boring for sightseeing. If you have family though or people to see, it's all right.
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:27 AM
 
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Seems like Austin is the winner, but I'd still love to visit Phoenix, maybe it's better for vacation
The only reason to come to Phoenix is for it's job market and relative low cost of living. If you're just coming to visit, after a few hours you'll be thinking, "Why did I even come here?" You'll be better off going to the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas if you're headed this way.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:23 AM
 
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The only reason to come to Phoenix is for it's job market and relative low cost of living. If you're just coming to visit, after a few hours you'll be thinking, "Why did I even come here?" You'll be better off going to the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas if you're headed this way.
If you can't find anything to do out here in Phoenix, that's on you, not Phoenix.
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