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Old 11-26-2007, 05:29 PM
 
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Whatever you do go in with your eyes open and have a plan B.
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Old 11-26-2007, 05:40 PM
 
Location: CT/VT
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Whatever you do go in with your eyes open and have a plan B.
I definitely will. I've been thinking about this for a year now. I graduated last spring from UConn and I decided to take a year off. I've put a lot of thought into this and I will prepare myself for anything.
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Old 11-26-2007, 05:59 PM
 
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I am applying to law school and my first choice is Vermont Law since I want to study environmental law and justice. I live in CT but I attended UVM for a year before transferring to UConn in Storrs. I am more familiar with the Burlington area but I've been to the South Royalton-White River Junction area a few times and I love it! I am a vegetarian so I'm wondering if anyone living there now would recommend any good markets that sell vegetarian staples- like wheat gluten and meat analogues. Finding good fruit and vegetable farmers markets will not be a problem.

After graduation in 2011 I'm thinking about settling down in VT. I love the rural life. Politically, I am a libertarian (but I support government environmental policies) so I'm not a big fan of taxes but I think it is a small price to pay for the beauty of VT. Going to law school there will give me a chance to see if it is what I want. I look forward to participating in this forum!
There is a co-op right in SoRo that is pretty good.

You will like VLS. It's the only rural law school in the country, and is tops in environmental law. Like all schools, it is too liberal for my taste, but it still is a nice school.

It's a small school. The classes are very closely bonded and you will make a lot of friends.

VLS is very much oriented to outdoor activities. You will see the mountains every day when you are sitting in class. Students are not pretentious. Faculty is accessible.

There is quite a good network of graduates in the northeast, and particularly in Vermont. It seems almost every lawyer you come across is a VLS grad. People come from all over the country for the Environmental Law program and the Masters in Environmental law.

If you like rural, you will love it there.
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Old 11-26-2007, 05:59 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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C'mon folks, the poster likes Act 250 and even mentioned not minding taxes. We need to encourage future high earners to move here. Seriously, welcome aboard and based on information and facts you get hope whatever decision you make works out for you.
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:21 PM
 
Location: CT/VT
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There is a co-op right in SoRo that is pretty good.

You will like VLS. It's the only rural law school in the country, and is tops in environmental law. Like all schools, it is too liberal for my taste, but it still is a nice school.

It's a small school. The classes are very closely bonded and you will make a lot of friends.

VLS is very much oriented to outdoor activities. You will see the mountains every day when you are sitting in class. Students are not pretentious. Faculty is accessible.

There is quite a good network of graduates in the northeast, and particularly in Vermont. It seems almost every lawyer you come across is a VLS grad. People come from all over the country for the Environmental Law program and the Masters in Environmental law.

If you like rural, you will love it there.
What I felt when I went up there for a tour was just an incredible sense of belonging- with the school, with the town and area. I love the outdoors. There is just so much to do up there. My cousin from suburban Long Island is questioning why I would want to go to VT saying that there is "nothing up there". But that's coming from someone who freaks out when he takes two steps into the woods. haha He thinks Southwest Connecticut is "country" and to me it's congested! To each his/her own! hehe
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:24 PM
 
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There is a co-op right in SoRo that is pretty good.

You will like VLS. It's the only rural law school in the country
Vermont Law is not the only rural law school in the US. What about Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA or Campbell University School of Law, Buies Creek, NC?
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:28 PM
 
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What I felt when I went up there for a tour was just an incredible sense of belonging- with the school, with the town and area. I love the outdoors. There is just so much to do up there. My cousin from suburban Long Island is questioning why I would want to go to VT saying that there is "nothing up there". But that's coming from someone who freaks out when he takes two steps into the woods. haha He thinks Southwest Connecticut is "country" and to me it's congested! To each his/her own! hehe
I understand that feeling, I'm from Vermont myself, but you can't eat scenery. Good luck trying to find a job that will allow you to pay off $100K plus in loans in VT.
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:32 PM
 
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Vermont Law is not the only rural law school in the US. What about Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA or Campbell University School of Law, Buies Creek, NC?
Ok, I was mistaken.

VLS is a nice place though. 1 hour 15 minutes from Burlington, 20 minutes from West Lebanon, 3 hours to Boston.

Plenty of skiing, too, if that's your thing. Downhill is close by, and cross country is just outside the door.
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:33 PM
 
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I understand that feeling, I'm from Vermont myself, but you can't eat scenery. Good luck trying to find a job that will allow you to pay off $100K plus in loans in VT.
I know plenty of people in Vermont making enough money to pay their loans. All the lawyers I know in Vermont are doing pretty well.
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:35 PM
 
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C'mon folks, the poster likes Act 250 and even mentioned not minding taxes. We need to encourage future high earners to move here. Seriously, welcome aboard and based on information and facts you get hope whatever decision you make works out for you.


Thank you! I'm not a fan of federal taxes but I wouldn't mind paying state or local taxes. I think there is more of a transparency there and you can actually see if the taxes are being used in a productive and efficient manner. Politically, I think I'd fit in O.K. in VT. I consider myself to be a liberal Republican (a New England Republican) with a libertarian live-and-let-live bent. I don't like taxes, but I believe in a social safety net, I think the environment should be preserved, but encourage smart economic growth, I don't believe in gun control, but do believe in civil unions.

Funny how people still have this Red State, Blue State idea in their minds. Certain states may lean a certain way, but we're really all purple. haha

All in all, studying law in VT will be very intellectually exciting. I especially look forward to talking to local people and seeing their opinions on things and what they think the role of the law should be.
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