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Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: August 14, 2008, 08:10:53 AM »

Taking exams on a laptop is a personal preference.  I know people at the top of my class who hand write and those who take the exams on their laptop.  For me, the way I structure an answer, it is much easier to use a laptop. To take an exam on your laptop you have to have examsoft which you download about halfway through the semester.  The school will send out instructions.  Also, you have to fill out a form with the registrar or on webadvisor (I can't remember which) to take your exam through examsoft.  I recommend you do this because you can always choose to hand write but you can't choose to use a laptop if you don't sign up.

Job prospects are what you make of it, it will be hard to get Big Law even if you are in the top 10% but its not impossible.  If you want to stay in Albany and work for the gov't you are set.

Good luck!

Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: May 27, 2008, 11:37:49 AM »
The Willard is an apartment complex right on the park.

Re: Prof.

There are some really good ones and some that are  probably really good at writing but not so much with the actual teaching.
You don't really get to choose your professors for a while and the administration tries to mix socratic and non socratic professors (although they failed miserably with my section):
Moore is a fantastic torts professor and I've heard she is also really amazing for civ pro.  Lytton is also suppose to be really good for torts.
Deutsch, you either love him or you hate him.  He is very socratic and demanding and for a little man is very intimidating.  I had him for Con Law and loved him even though he terrified me (and still does) He also teaches Contracts.   
I haven't had a single professor there that was not approachable, its a small school so classes are pretty small and most of the profs are really personable

Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: May 12, 2008, 07:45:27 PM »
If you take out the maximum in loans you will be fine, we moved out here without much in savings and haven't had too much of a problem.
Plus there are some really great work-study jobs for some extra cash, a lot of them you can study while you're making money.
Albany is a pretty cheap place to live.

Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: May 12, 2008, 07:04:07 PM »
I really was never overwhelmed by the work unless I decided to take a weekend of or something.  I'm pretty involved in extracurriculars, am on law review, was a TA and had a job and still had a lot of time to myself.
1L is a little scarier but as long as you stay on top of it you will be fine.  Just don't let lawyering take all your time it is only worth 2 hours.  Focus on your 4 hour courses.

Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: May 12, 2008, 06:15:56 PM »
Um, the paper is for advanced con law and I think it will be on polygamy and the free exercise clause but I'm not 100% sure on that.  My prof decided to change it from an exam class to a paper class 3/4 of the way through the semester so I haven't really done much work on it.

I work for a state agency during the school year.  Last summer I took classes in Kenya.  Didn't really learn much useful but went on a lot of safaris.  This summer my husband and I  (we're both students at Albany law) are both working down in NYC this summer.  OCI isn't the greatest, and I focused mostly on big law but they are trying to make it better.  If you're in the top quarter of the class I think career services does a lot for you but if you're not you probably have to hustle more.  They do posts tons and tons of gov't job opportunities on their website though.

Also you can always do a clinic or externiship with any number of agencies, everyone I know who has done that loves it.

Scholarships suck if you don't have one already.  #1 in the class gets a full ride, #2 & #3 get I think 20 and 15k respectively.  After that you won't get any scholarship money.  Although if you are in the top 20 in class and get an A in civ pro then you can get a stipend fall of your 2L year.

Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: May 12, 2008, 05:07:46 PM »
If you want to get into state gov't Albany is a great choice and you will have a TON of opportunities regardless of class rank.
Feel free to ask more questions; I really don't want to work on my paper. :)

Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: May 12, 2008, 06:28:37 AM »
I think the competitiveness is entirely based on the class. My class is really supportive and laid back and not that competitive. The 1L's are a lot more competitive, but they also get a lot more accomplished for our school.  They are always planning events and raising money, where my class just doesn't care that much.
The job prospects are great in Albany but if you want to get down to NYC Big Law you really have to be in the top 10% and even that's not guaranteed; you should probably be in the top 5%.
Overall, I really do like the school. 

Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: May 11, 2008, 12:33:04 PM »
I'm a 2L (well I'm almost a 3L if I could just get this damn paper finished at Albany Law.
I definitely recommend living around the park if you can.  My husband and I live out in Colonie, it's a 20 minute drive to school every day which kind of sucks.
I know several people who get along just fine without a car.  But I do here a lot of complaints about parking especially when it snows.  Students are always getting their cars towed. 
The Dorms are suppose to be okay but they are dorms, you can get a much better deal finding a place around campus.
I think Albany is a good school but you get out of it what you put into it.
I'd be happy to answer more specific questions if you have them!

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Couples Pursuing Law School
« on: January 09, 2007, 06:21:51 PM »
My husband and I both finished our first year of law school.  We quit our jobs and moved halfway across the country this summer.  Its been great going to school together, we both understand what the other is going through, we have a built in study partner, and neither one of us ever feels guilty about the amount of time we spend studying.  The only down side is how messy our place got during finals.  Everyone is shocked to hear that we are married and starting law school together, but it just made sense for us.  It worked out great; we both finished int he top 10%.
I'm on scholarship but other than that we are financing through loans. 
Good luck and it is not impossible!

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