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The Commute

GUEST BLOG Lauren Rose, 3L at University of Detroit Mercy

 Instead of sitting in traffic for one and a half hours, these classmates were at school within three minutes.

As I sat in traffic on the freeway today, many things ran through my mind.

As the snow was falling all around, I began to ponder why I chose to go to a law school where I would have to commute.  Now, I know what you’re thinking, “You do not have to commute anywhere.  You could move.”  However, when I weighed my options before going to law school, it made sense from a financial standpoint to commute to school.

I have friends and classmates that live within walking distance or a short-drive of the law school.  On days like today, I envy them.  Instead of sitting in traffic for one and a half hours, these classmates were at school within three minutes.

Friends at other law schools have this problem but in a different way.  One friend that goes to law school in a large city still has to commute to school.  She has to take a train to get to class. While she lives much closer to her school than I live to mine, she still has a commute.

When you’re trying to figure out where you want to go to law school, take the commute into consideration.  It is possible that you could live within walking distance from the school, or you may have to take a bus or a subway, you may even have to drive.  This is an incredibly important factor that one should not take lightly.  Not only the commute itself, but the cost of the commute, should also be a factor to consider.

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