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Transferring / Re: Yet ANOTHER possible transfer questions
« on: October 29, 2006, 10:40:25 PM »
Has anyone transferred down in the rankings? I left the area where I grew up, my friends, and my boyfriend of three years to go to a T3 (it was top 100 when I was admitted, grrr) school four hours away. I would like to transfer to either a T3 or T4. I had applied to both of those schools earlier, but due to a number of factors, mainly cost of living and a desire to try a different area, I did not choose to go either place. My LSAT was good, and I had received scholarship offers from the two schools I am thinking about transferring to. What do you think about my chances of being accepted as a transfer student to one of those schools, assuming I have average (top half of class) grades at my current school?

I'm not married, and I don't have kids, but I'm going to throw in my two cents anyway.

I'm a 1L at Syracuse, and my boyfriend of three years is back home in Connecticut. I went to Syracuse for a number of reasons, one of which was because I wanted to go to the best school that gave me a big scholarship. Now that I am here I regret my decision to move away from him. We had lived together for over two years, and I miss coming home to have dinner with him. Instead of seeing each other every day, we see each other every other weekend.

I know I can't handle this separation for all three years. I think I am going to try to transfer to a school back in CT or western Mass so I can move back home and enjoy life again. I am very homesick for my family. Part of it is because I hate law school and most likely do not want to practice law, but then again it is very difficult to be away from your family. I know of couples who manage to survive a separation during grad school, but it is hard.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Car Insurance
« on: June 18, 2006, 01:59:57 PM »
I will be moving from Massachusetts for New York for school, and I know that New York requires you to register your car within 30 days of becoming a resident of New York. The tricky part is how they define resident:

"Section 250 (5) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law defines the term "resident." The law defines a resident as a person who lives in NYS with the intent to make NYS a "fixed and permanent" place to live. To live in a house, a home, an apartment, a room or other similar place in NYS for 90 days is considered "presumptive evidence" that you are a resident of NYS. A police officer can use this evidence as the reason to issue a traffic ticket if you drive in NYS without a driver license or vehicle registration issued by NYS.

A judge considers the law and the evidence of your intent and decides if you are a resident of NYS. For example, if you pay taxes or your children attend school in another state, a judge considers these facts to decide if your intent is to make NYS a "fixed and permanent" residence. The DMV will not decide if you are a resident of NYS, if you must get a NYS driver license, or if you must register your vehicle in NYS.

According to this law, students from other states or from other nations who attend school in NYS are normally not considered residents of NYS."

I'm guessing that other states are similar. Personally I am happy about the move because it means I'll be paying less for car insurance. :)

I live in Springfield and took the LSAT at WNEC, so maybe I can help you out. The Greyhound station is, I'll estimate, 15 minutes from WNEC IF THERE IS NO TRAFFIC. Weekday mornings there can be major traffic in the downtown area, which is between the bus station and WNEC. I'd allow more time to be on the safe side. And better early than late.

I can't imagine the cab fare will be all that expensive, but then I haven't taken a cab in years so I really don't know. But the trip isn't more than a few miles.

The good news is, once you get to WNEC the law building is easy to find. The school is at the intersection of Wilbraham and Bradley roads, and the law building is off of Bradley. There is a parking lot right by the law building.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Age
« on: June 11, 2006, 10:12:47 AM »
27, turning 28 in September.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much will you spend on food every month?!?!
« on: June 07, 2006, 03:14:22 PM »
A good, well-balanced diet can be expensive. Fruits and veggies and lean meat aren't cheap. If you're going to eat tons of rice and pasta you can save a lot. I am not carb-phobic, but I can't imagine eating pasta and rice all the time. Plus sometimes you're just too tired to cook and it's so much easier to stick a frozen meal in the microwave. Personally I hate to cook, so I tend to eat Subway and Quiznos a lot for dinner. Convenience will cost you.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What is Appropriate Law School Attire?
« on: June 06, 2006, 09:39:47 AM »
Why is it slacking to wear jeans and t-shirts every day? I'd much rather be comfortable in class. And since I'll be living off student loans, my clothing budget won't support anything fancier on a daily basis.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who's going to Syracuse?
« on: June 04, 2006, 07:56:14 AM »
Posted on: Today at 01:17:54 AMPosted by: mizzmj 
My graduation was this past friday.

Congrats on your graduation. :) And thanks for the link to the university store, I'll definitely check that out when I start the laptop search. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who's going to Syracuse?
« on: June 03, 2006, 10:43:33 PM »
I haven't made much progress on the laptop front. I'm trying to decide if I want to get a super small laptop (my sister has a tiny Dell) or a more "regular" size one. The super small one would be great if I actually bring it to school on a regular basis, but I'm concerned about squinting at the tiny screen. I need to start shopping around, though. I get a discount on Dell through work, and my dad gets a discount through his work, so I don't know if that will be cheaper than the university store. I'll admit that I didn't know there was a university store option. Is that what you're going to do?

In terms of moving to Syracuse, I am leaving my job on June 30th and moving on July 1st (I'll be living at the Nob Hill apartment complex). For a variety of reasons, it makes a lot of sense for me to move there sooner than later, so July 1st it is. And then I get to enjoy some serious vacation time!!

How about you, are you working full-time now, or did you recently graduate? Where are you moving from? I'll be moving from Springfield, MA, so it's not a HUGE move for me. Although I have way too much stuff, so moving will be a pain. :)

Incoming 1Ls / Who's going to Syracuse?
« on: June 02, 2006, 06:56:07 PM »
Hi! I'm just wondering who else is going to Syracuse, and when people are moving up there.

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