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Job Search / How important is the name really?
« on: November 01, 2006, 08:01:49 PM »
You know, I have heard too much for too long how important the name of the law school is on your diploma.  I have heard that the name can sometimes be more important than the ranking within your class.  But why?  I know some people say that it's because behind the name and the reputation comes excellent education, and even if it doesn't things are how they are and it's not I who will change it.  But I wonder if firms will really turn me down because I didn't go to a top 50 school.  I got a 169 on my LSAT, I had a 3.5 cum. GPA in my undergraduate school, I got in all but one out of 10 schools I applied to, 3 of them in the top 50 and one in the top 5...yeah...but I chose a school ranked 87 by the infamous US News and World Report for the full ride.  I thought it was an honor that a school bet so highly in my success that they said I don't have to pay to go there, that it is my name that may help build theirs up and not the other way around.  You know, I think that there is a lot more going for lawyers than a fancy law school.  I think that if you have additional, relevant attributes you are much better off than the stereotype anti-social Ivy-Leaguer.  I speak five languages, hold dual citizenship and American Residency, have traveled the world, volunteered abroad, worked at the Maryland General Assembly, was a crucial help on the passage of a really important child-welfare bill, I am outgoing, smart, persevering, persuasive, diligent, and yet somehow I hear that because I chose to go to Hofstra, and emphasis on the word "chose", I am doomed as far as jobs.  So my question to you, who have the experience required to answer my question, is whether it is really true that going to Hofstra Law is going to affect my job choices negatively.  I am not sure whether it is relevant, but my field of choice so far is M&A and other types of business law.  Thanks in advance for the replies. 

Current Law Students / STANDOUT CASES
« on: June 01, 2006, 07:55:23 AM »
HI guys!  Ok, I am starting Law School in the fall, and I was wondering what cases really stood out (or traumatized you so much) that you still remember the name today.  Also, does anyone here go to Hofstra? :)

Hey everyone! I don't know what it going on.  I have taken major tests in my life before, I have a good undergrad record, a 135 IQ, I am finishing up testmasters as a prep course for the Oct LSAT, but still I cannot get past the low 150's on my diagnostics.  Worse of all, I get basically all the games right, a lot of the logicak reasoning right, and basically most of the reading comp wrong.  I am not sure what to do.  I tried everything.  Reading fast I can't absorb the info, reading slow I can only read 2 passages, reading the questions first and trying to find it in the passage just sux in general...what should I do?  Is anyone in the same boat?  I am not American and English is not my first language, but I do speak it fluently so I don't know if that has something to do with it.  I am only applying to schools is NYC and Long Island, and those are often hard to get into.  Could I get into NY Law School or St Johns or cardozo with a 153 and a 3.4 GPA?  Or maybe someone can just give me a tip on how to improve the reading comprehension part of my test taking.  Thank you so much!

Choosing the Right Law School / HOFSTRA CONTACT LIST
« on: June 19, 2006, 01:28:39 PM »
Hi everyone!  I know some of you are familiar with my Hofstra posts, but I wanted to expand our horizons and get people's information so that we can get together.  I was thinking of creating a contact list and making it available to people.  I understand if anyone has reservations about having their personal information displayed online, therefore if you do not wish to post it here, you can e-mail me at  and once I gather everyone's information maybe I can send out a copy to everyone and we all can have a contacts list.  Who knows, it might come in handy in the near future :) and it will be easier to formally organize the get together before orientation.  I posted on the hofstra page as well, so hopefully more people will come.

« on: May 16, 2006, 01:48:15 PM »
Hi everyone!  A few of us Hofstra Law class of 2009 have been talking about getting together before orientation rolls around.  That way maybe we can make some friends and feel better on the first day of school.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to when and where we should meet? :)

I live at the Avalon at Glen Cove.  It is a nice building and it has a nice pool, a nice movie theater, a nice everything!  I wouldn't mind having people over there, but then again, maybe it is better to have this gathering somewhere public and readily accessible, especially since there might be a lot of us (or so I hope).  Let's try to keep this thread alive!

Choosing the Right Law School / HOFSTRA
« on: May 02, 2006, 10:06:36 PM »
So, anyone going to Hofstra???   :)

« on: January 11, 2006, 06:38:07 PM »
Ok...this might sound RIDICULOUS...BUT....I'm just gonna go ahead and ask anyways:
Are there law firms which would allow people to take their pets to work?  I know that there is an immigration law office near me that does allow that, and there is plenty of research which shows that it increases productivity.  However, I am still curious about NY firms.  Any size, but ones that pay well.  What do you think?  Honestly?

Law School Admissions / HOFSTRA
« on: January 10, 2006, 01:12:51 PM »
 Hey! I might be getting a full scholarship to go to Hofstra Law School and a 5K yearly stipend, so I am leaning towards going there.

I wanted to know what are the strengths at Hofstra Law. I want to focus in three areas: M&A, Intellectual Property and International Crime. Could I get the education I need from Hofstra? Why is the bar passage rate only in 65%?

THank you!

Hey everyone!

I was wondering what you guys are doing (if you are or have the time to be doing anything) to prepare for your first year of law school.  Is anyone reading any books, looking at cases, looking up exams, buying materials, trying to learn the lingo, etc?  Do you think that the people who belong to this forum are your typical pre-law/ law student? 


Law School Admissions / Class Schedule
« on: January 05, 2006, 07:30:53 PM »
Hey everyone!

Does anyone know what class schedules are like in Law School?  Do we have class everyday?  How many hours a day? 

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