"Here I can live in the country, but be within half an hour of my job in the city."
California native Sarah Arimoto-Mercer has lived in cities around the U.S., and has worked at top schools from coast to coast. But when it comes to the place where she feels most supported on the job and in her work-life balance, she chooses the Pittsburgh region.
“Pittsburgh is a place where I have access to a lot of the cultural offerings that Ienjoyed in San Francisco and Chicago, but with a reasonable cost of living,”she said. “In the short time I’ve lived here, I’ve been to Kennywood, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, a country music concert, a Penguins game, the Mattress Factory Garden Party and still have many other activities planned.” As an avid horseback rider since childhood, she was thrilled to find a home in Mars, Butler County, with enough land for her to board her thorough bred, Gracie. Yet she still has a reasonable commute to Duquesne’s campus on the Bluff, just east of downtown overlooking the Monongahela River and the South Side.
Sarah's career and experiences at different law schools have made her appreciative of Duquesne’s community and service-based mission. The law school offers several clinics in whichstudents assist veterans charged with non-violent offenses and individuals withcivil rights claims. It also offers dual degrees in law and business, divinity,healthcare ethics and environmental science and management.
With justover 10,000 students in total and less than 600 studying law, thelaw student-faculty ratio of 20:1 provides individual attention that can help students to thrive. And that extends to faculty and staff as well, she added.
"At other universities, I’ve felt like a number or just a cog in the machine," she said. "Duquesne feels more like a community and a family, in which staff, faculty and students all know each other by name."