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emailed you.  send it to me at that email and i'll read it and give you feedback. 

You are going to do GREAT wherever you go!  I wish you well!  Keep in touch!  (I saw you'd posted here, and I'm so glad you are my friend!)  Guess who?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Albany Law School
« on: March 12, 2008, 02:55:05 PM »
I'm very close to someone graduating from Albany this year.  She is from that area, but now lives in AZ.  She is doing her third year at AZ, but said that she didn't see that there was any difference in quality and that the difference was in class size (AZ is bigger).  My husband is from Albany, so I'm there quite a lot--it's only 3 and 1/2 hours from Boston.  It's upstate New York so it obviously gets a long winter.  It's got a decent town center and lots of suburban towns around it.  It's often collectively referred to as "the Capital region."  I think it's a great place, with several universities so plenty of night life if you're looking for that, and lots of different kinds of people.  Its school is well-respected in that area.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Suffolk Law - Visit Review
« on: March 08, 2008, 05:56:11 AM »
I gladly missed the last few days of useless blandering by the guy with nothing substantial to add to the informative nature of the thread.  But, I did want to pipe in on the "which school" comments....

Personally, I have looked at and applied to schools where my "numbers" and my interests would seem to be a good match.  I have applied to schools where my numbers would place me in the highest and in the lowest of their accepted 25/75, but I haven't applied to any where my numbers would exceed their 25/75, because I feel that would be like going to the "community college" of law school or like placing myself in a "regular" classroom when I should be in the AP classroom.  It's only my perspective, and I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but that I want to strive to be in the best possible situation for learning the job I intend to do for the rest of my life. 

Regarding the ability to find employment, I also see that as a perspective:  there are people who go to law school and feel that the name of the school they attend should get them their dream job.  (And, of course, that dream job equates to (a) big law with big $$  or (b) counsellor to the stars.)  It's the mentality that every college athlete who plays for the championship team should then be drafted into the NFL.  Well, then reality checks in and they realize that they're just aren't enough slots for that, and that not everyone was the stand-up player.  So, if your numbers aren't what it takes to get into T14 schools, should you give up being a lawyer?  It depends:  What is your motivation?  What is your goal?  Nobody can answer that except you.

Lawyers get jobs from all different kinds and levels of schools, and in all different kinds of places.  So, finding a school that you can be accepted into, a school with a program that teaches what you want to practice (or explore), and a school that you feel you can reasonably do well at is very important.  Respect within the community where you want to practice is very important as well.  And if you need to discover whether, in your community, the respect is for NESL or Suffolk, I suggest asking around--talk to lawyers, talk to a judge, ask your pre-law advisor at your college, and accept what they tell you.  They are the employers in your future and your link to the legal community.

This was a LONG post.  I apologize.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Suffolk Law - Visit Review
« on: March 05, 2008, 06:03:19 PM »
It's much more difficult to be flexible when you've got a family, for sure.  As it is, I'll be commuting from Worcester via commuter rail, because of kids in school and my husband's job.  I wanted Suffolk for the commute (actually wanted BC, but didn't get it), and then was accepted at UCONN.  After many discussions with attorneys in MA, though, and with the tuition at UCONN $42K with no aid offer, I decided to quit stressing about it and accept Suffolk.  It feels good to not be stressed over that now.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Suffolk Law - Visit Review
« on: March 05, 2008, 05:46:01 PM »
I, too, went to the open house.  I found Suffolk a very inviting place.  Prior to the open house and mock class, I thought it was going to be an okay place, but hoped for more options (I had already been admitted).  After, although I was offered admission to another school that was higher ranked, I couldn't help but feel drawn to Suffolk's atmosphere and location.  During the mock class, I was glad that people felt comfortable asking questions and engaging in the dialogue, and the potential students represented a very diverse set of work and educational backgrounds.  I look forward to the Fall classes!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New and Improved BC Question Thread
« on: January 06, 2008, 07:18:43 PM »
One of the reasons I read this thread is to see about commuting.  I will be commuting from Worcester no matter where I get in in Boston.  I didn't apply early decision anywhere, so I'm just browsing right now, and I have an acceptance from Suffolk, but really want BC.  I'll try to take the train early and late to commute if I don't find a carpool to my school.  Are you in Worcester?
Are there many students, or any that you know of, who commute to BC from the suburbs, or even as far as Worcester?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Needing Honest Opinions
« on: January 06, 2008, 06:53:43 PM »
You say that UCONN isn't "your scene" but the law school is in downtown Hartford, and if you're comparing Massachusetts schools for tuition, UCONN gives a huge break to MASS residents--taking tuition down to around $17K, I think, per year, which is better than any of the other schools.  Rent, etc, is cheaper in Hartford, although the social scene is likely horrible.  It's still worth considering.

i suppose that is really why i'm asking this question. i'm trying to balance the fact that i won't be making much money and that that needs to be a factor without compromising my education. quite frankly, i can't think of a school in massachusetts that is all that cheap...none of the umass schools have law programs, as far as i know. same with rhode island. connecticut, maybe, but uconn isn't really my scene.

my numbers are good enough that i think suffolk and northeastern will give me a good chunk of money, though that's obviously never a sure thing. i'm afraid if i pick an out of state school for whatever reason, or at least one that isn't highly ranked (i.e. a cheap one), that i'll be  screwed as far as jobs when i want to come back to the area and all the jobs have been snatched up by grads from the area.

i've been trying to look at schools with good loan repayment and forgiveness programs, but i guess i'm still lost. thoughts?
Prosecutor jobs don't pay that well.

All of the schools listed are expensive private schools. If you are taking out loans to pay for school I would think all of them are a bad idea.

The only way I would pick one of these schools is if you are wealthy enough to pay your tuition in cash or if you get an a hefty UNCONDITIONAL scholarship.

Otherwise, I would highly suggest looking into your in-state public school (if you have one) or schools that have liberal residence / in-state tuition policies.

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