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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hofstra v.s. Syracuse
« on: April 10, 2012, 05:37:53 AM »
First I would like to congratulate you, and remind you how great it is to be in the position of choosing between two good schools apposed to picking one just to go. Having said that I know how stressful choosing one is, I just choose one myself. Both schools are good schools. I don't know what your motivation is for wanting to work on Long Island, but I would think Hofstra will probably be a much better place for your career prospects if you decide you want to work on Long Island. 
I know lawyers who went to both schools and are doing well for themselves so either way I think you will be in luck.

This is the most depressing thread to read 12 days before seat deposits are due. I know there is a lot of negativity around attending law school, and I know there is some very accurate and reputable  information, but I still think if it's something you really want to do go out and do! Not everyone can go to Harvard and Yale, and not everyone can make it into the T14's. Remember a law degree is a long term investment. The economy isn't always going to be as bad as it is right now and who knows what it will be like in three years. As long as you aren't head deep in debt or having to put yourself 200k in debt to finance law school I think you should keep up the hard work and hit law school and your career in full stride.

 Best of luck to everyone.

One more anonymous poster.

Excellent question.. This has really been the root question to all my dilemas. It is tough to judge though how much money you will be making after graduation. Some schools boast the top salary was $160,000 with an average of $75,000. But than there is also still half the class going to be making under $75,000 and a slight few unemployed. So I have been finding it very difficult to get a sound expectation of future salary.
Also I think it might not be exact to say you should only take as much debt as you may make first year after graduation, but I wouldn't say its that far off either. It seems that living expenses alone, besides tuition, is likely to be over that amount that many first year jobs will offer. I guess that heavily depends on where you live but I imagine most area cost of living is going to be around $15,000 a year including rent, books, and personal expenses.

Nonetheless, it is a very interesting question that I hope some more people who have been there can shed some light.

Choosing the Right Law School / Brooklyn Sticker v Suffolk ($$$)
« on: March 30, 2012, 01:52:24 PM »
So today, much to my amazement, I was admitted into Brooklyn law. I was pretty convinced I was going to Suffolk before this news. It doesn't matter to me where I go to school I like both NYC and Boston a lot. Any help would be fantastic thanks everyone!

If those are your top two choices I would go to NELS as long as the conditions for keeping the full scholarship arnt to harsh. But if you don't have to pay tuition you don't have much to lose.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Lsat- Testmasters?
« on: February 26, 2012, 09:19:23 AM »
I took the Testmasters class and raised my cold score of 142 to a test day 157. I was actually scoring in the mid 160's for a while before test day.
I was extremely satisfied with their class, I wouldn't recommend taking any other class. In fact they are the only class I know of that purchases actual LSAT questions for practice. Other companies just create their own questions that are similar to the LSAT questions. This might sound insignificant but I thought that was important for a test like the LSAT. Just be prepared for a class that is really going to challenge you. Also remember even with classes, raising your score on the LSAT is all about how hard you work.

Best of luck

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Suffolk v NYLS v UBalt v Touro
« on: February 21, 2012, 09:06:25 PM »
What I find very interesting is I seem to be as close to an identical applicant as physically possible. I too have a 3.2 UGPA and 157 LSAT and a URM. Ironically I have not heard back from NYLS yet, and conversely I was awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Hofstra.
I have visited NYLS and Suffolk and I have to say I liked them both. I also have a close friend at hofstra undergrad so know the area very well and don't care to much for it. That's not to say they don't have an excellent law school. As for comparing suffolk and nyls, they were different schools each with their own pro's and con's. However graduating law school was no debt is a no brainer when considering comparable schools. I do believe that NYLS has a residential real estate program. I am from Long Island myself and don't know much about Turro law other than the fact it's in suffolk county so I wouldn't even consider it.

Best of luck

Law School Admissions / Re: Applying to Southwestern
« on: January 29, 2012, 12:20:59 PM » compiles a graph to approximate GPA's and LSAT scores. I provided a link check out the bottom.

It looks like people have gotten in with a 150 and your GPA's.

Best of luck.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Southwestern vs. Chapman
« on: January 27, 2012, 03:42:32 PM »
It has nothing to do with anything other than me wanting to do pursue something that I enjoy. If I took a year off I would be making no money. And it's an investment it is not a waste of money. Assuming you, well I, (because you probably couldn't handle law school TAXguy) will be a lawyer for 30 years. I would definitely say that it is an investment I am willing to make for $160k.

So if you wouldn't mind many people would appreciate it if you keep your valueless comments to yourself.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Southwestern vs. Chapman
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:18:00 PM »
What a unique and great idea. I am going to retake the LSAT this February. Oh damn that means I only have three weeks to prepare and thats if any top 20 schools will even accept a February LSAT. But I am sure this time I will get above 170.  ;)

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