« on: May 21, 2007, 02:51:02 PM »
Mr. John Smith, Esq.
JD is bad form - dont use it.
JD is bad form - dont use it.
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Messages - Bubbazzz
« on: February 21, 2007, 11:27:27 PM »
honestly, i think people are splitting hairs when it comes to T2 vs. T3 and the job prospects it gives. Albany law is albany law. It has a solid reputation despite its place in T3 - even if it moves up to T2 (which I think will happen soon), the impact it will have on jobs will be minimal.
I would not make your decision to come to albany law based on the whole rankings hoopla. come to albany because it is a solid school where you WILL learn how to be a lawyer, learn new york practice from the foremost authorities in the state, and learn from professors who honestly care about their students.
About the need-based aid - I had an EFC of 0. I got no aid - just a bunch of loans.
« on: February 11, 2007, 01:13:01 AM »
Call the financial aid office and ask about the need-based aid. I never got any - all loans for me.
Job prospects are what you would think they are at a T3. Top 10% get $$$, the rest have to hunt. Thats typical for any school in new york though, especially if u want to get a gig in NYC. I have a couple friends at Brooklyn Law who are having tough times finding jobs. It really is all about networking - it sounds cliche, i know. You may hear a bunch of crap on here about how if you want to work in NYC, its best to go to a school in NYC. This is true to some degree obviously. That is not to say it is impossible to get a job in manhattan - I did every summer, and my grades are average. You just have to do your own legwork and not depend on the career center. They tend to focus only on firms in the capital region.
I'm not gonna lie, Albany, itself, aint that pretty. There is enough to do though to keep you busy on ur down time. Bars, museums, Washington Park, etc. Notice I said Bars first. The thing is though, there isn't much down time, especially first year. So the fact that its 5 degrees out and nowhere to go may actually help you focus on your work - I know it did with me.
The school itself is great! The professors are really good and really care about the students. Its a small community and everyone gets to know eachother. You get to know the Deans and most of the professors - if not by name, then by face. I guess you could say its kind of like High School - although, from my friends at other NYC law schools, most law schools are like this.
« on: February 10, 2007, 07:18:09 PM »
I'm a 3L at Albany - feel free to ask any questions.
Regarding cost of living - i'd say that Buffalo is a little cheaper than albany. Although, albany is still pretty damn cheap - 1 bedroom averages 575-675 a month.
Just something to know - our bar passage rate went up to like 88% this past July.
we have one only we call it oour "spring formal". Its nothing like a high school prom. Everyone gets dressed up in suits (i dont think anyone wore a tux) and gets drunk. The student bar association usually has some cash left over to use to rent out a restaurant.
the decision is actually pretty easy:
if you want to be a lawyer, go to NYLS.
if you want to stay in your current job, dont go to NYLS.
There's no way to gauge how much you will be making as a lawyer from starting salary stats. Sure, you may not make 60Gs coming out - but you are sure to make well over that in a couple years out.
« on: November 06, 2006, 06:29:14 PM »
when I was applying to schools (im a 3L now), like any pre-law school student, I wanted to know my chances. Not sure if she has it still, but I paid a fee (like $20), to input my numbers and see my chances at 10 schools. Turns out, by some mistake, my credit card was charged 3 times. She not only refunded the 2 extra charges, she also refunded the initial one, as an apology. So, for what its worth, to the person who sent their PS to her with their SS and LSDAS numbers on it, I wouldn't worry about it.
« on: November 05, 2006, 07:54:38 PM »
In all seriousness, you have no idea what you are talking about. Do you know people in "biglaw"? Do you know people who have graduated from Albany Law? You seem like a naive pre-law school individual who is very ignorant.
« on: November 05, 2006, 07:01:27 PM »
My cousin went there and had some great opportunities upon graduation. She's currently working as a chief clerk for a judge in NYC (not to be confused with clerking for a judge -- local judges in NYC have chief clerks who essentially act like Chief of Staff for a judge).
Renaldo Balkman is a jacka$$.
« on: November 04, 2006, 12:15:47 PM »
You guys are drinking deep from the Albany Kool Aid. Law school rankings rarely change so I wouldn't expect Albany to bust out of the lower tiers anytime soon.
Albany Law was a 2nd teir school until the mid-90s. . . I think.