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Where should I go next fall? / Brooklyn Law sucks because...
« on: March 15, 2005, 08:49:09 PM »
...the only thing going for them is apparently a brand new residence hall!

Yup, that's right. I attended their admitted students reception this evening held at legendary NYC law firm Skadden Arps. I was expecting a razzle-dazzle presentation about their academic program, clinics, distinguished alumni (unless you count Geraldo Rivera and George Ross of "The Apprentice" fame), placement stats and biglaw life (there were, after all, Skadden partners and associates in attendance who are BLS alumni), and most importantly, why we should pick BLS over comparable schools in the area. NADA.

Instead, the Dean gave us a 30-minute bullsh*t presentation - complete with a full-color slide show - about Feil Hall, the newest addition to their student residence buildings in Brooklyn. She showed us floorplans (?!) and bragged about the Starbucks around the corner and the new YMCA next door. Non-smoking building. Wireless internet. 24-hr security. "You'll get key cards - just like a hotel!" That was it. The entire presentation was on the stupid residence.

Are you kidding me?! Big f-ing deal. And unless you're fresh out of undergrad and hasn't experienced the wonders of living in an actual apartment, who the hell wants to live in a dorm anyway?

There goes an hour of my life that I'll never get back.

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Acceptances / Brooklyn Law sucks because...
« on: March 15, 2005, 08:45:57 PM »
...the only thing going for them is apparently a brand new residence hall!

Yup, that's right. I attended their admitted students reception this evening held at legendary NYC law firm Skadden Arps. I was expecting a razzle-dazzle presentation about their academic program, clinics, distinguished alumni (unless you count Geraldo Rivera and George Ross of "The Apprentice" fame), placement stats and biglaw life (there were, after all, Skadden partners and associates in attendance who are BLS alumni), and most importantly, why we should pick BLS over comparable schools in the area. NADA.

Instead, the Dean gave us a 30-minute bullsh*t presentation - complete with a full-color slide show - about Feil Hall, the newest addition to their student residence buildings in Brooklyn. She showed us floorplans (?!) and bragged about the Starbucks around the corner and the new YMCA next door. Non-smoking building. Wireless internet. 24-hr security. "You'll get key cards - just like a hotel!" That was it. The entire presentation was on the stupid residence.

Are you kidding me?! Big f-ing deal. And unless you're fresh out of undergrad and hasn't experienced the wonders of living in an actual apartment, who the hell wants to live in a dorm anyway?

There goes an hour of my life that I'll never get back.

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Where should I go next fall? / To all Brooklyn Law admits
« on: March 09, 2005, 08:25:49 PM »
C'mon people. Nobody here is going to the BLS reception at Skadden Arps next Tuesday 3/15?

Nobody here is interested in attending BLS? Nobody here is interested in meeting partners and associates at a firm like Skadden?

BLS has been pretty aggressive with their Razzle Dazzle campaign with all the glossy 4-color brochures galore. Aren't you at least curious what delightful eye candy awaits in the Skadden boardroom?

Yes? No?



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Acceptances / In at Seton Hall
« on: February 06, 2005, 07:57:08 PM »
2.98/164
5+ yrs WE
non-URM

With $24k scholarship!

I'm still pretty sure I'll end up at Rutgers-Newark, but I have to admit the SH $$$ is tempting. Who else is having a Rutgers vs. SH dilemma - JFK? Nerfherder? Any news with you guys?

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Acceptances / In at NYLS
« on: January 30, 2005, 04:13:42 PM »
2.98/164
5+ yrs WE
non-URM

With $20k scholarship!

I must say, though, that NYLS has one of the most stringent scholarship requirements I've seen so far. Instead of having to maintain at 3.0 average (i.e. top half of class), they require you to be in the top 15% (3.4+). Yikes!

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Acceptances / In at St. John's
« on: January 29, 2005, 01:49:28 PM »
2.98/164
5+ yrs work experience
non-URM

With a $20k scholarship!

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General Off-Topic Board / Cool Manhattan restaurants?
« on: January 12, 2005, 08:47:12 AM »
To all you native New Yorkers and NYC lovers: What's the coolest restaurant in Manhattan you've been to or heard about?

My fiance and I were originally planning to have our wedding at a local museum/gallery, but it doesn't look like that will work out. We don't want to do the hotel or park thing, so we decided that it'll be simplest just to have the ceremony and reception at a nice Manhattan restaurant. We don't want the cookie-cutter "romantic" restaurants (Riverside Cafe, Tavern on the Green, etc.). Space is not an issue since it'll only be for 30-35 people. Something small, cozy, and intimate is best. Even better if it has striking architectural elements or décor - staircase, high ceilings, unique colors, anything that made you go WOW!  We just want something stylish and memorable, you know?

Any cool places come to mind? Also, what websites are good for researching restaurants (other than Zagats of course)? Thanks.

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Acceptances / In at Pace!
« on: December 28, 2004, 08:15:04 PM »
2.98/164
5+ yrs WE
non-URM

App sent 11/08
Interview 12/06
Notified 12/28 via snail mail (8.5x11 white envelope)

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Law School Applications / CUNY app
« on: October 29, 2004, 09:59:16 AM »
Is it just me or do their instructions make it sound like I'm supposed to include ALL this info in my PS (i.e. "The statement should cover the following areas" as opposed to "ONE OF the following areas")? Any thoughts/advice would be much appreciated, esp. if you're applying to CUNY too.


REQUIRED PERSONAL STATEMENT

CUNY School of Law is committed to an admissions process that considers the entire range of an applicant’s skills, abilities and experiences. Therefore, we ask all applicants to submit a required personal statement (in duplicate). Because we are interested in the way in which you organize and express ideas, the statement must be your own thoughts and words. There is no minimum or maximum length required. The statement should cover the following areas:

Personal Information:a) your reasons for wanting to be a lawyer, with a clear description of your idea of a public  service practice or career; b) your reasons for wanting to attend CUNY School of Law, with a particular emphasis on events and experiences you feel are relevant to our curriculum and mission; and c) the specific strengths that you believe you would bring to the legal profession and the weaknesses that you would need to overcome to achieve your goals as a law student and a lawyer. Please include a brief description of experiences that evidence these qualities.

Academic Qualities: a) positive or negative academic experiences; b) the cause or result of a change of major;  c) any academic honors you have received; d) the person(s) who most influenced your intellectual development; e) any special economic, social or other impediments that you have had to overcome in the course of your education;  and f) if you worked while in college or graduate school, you should discuss the effect of that work on your academic experience.

Work and Extracurricular Activities: Describe experiences not covered elsewhere in your application, which you believe will be helpful to the Admissions Committee in evaluating your file.

Information Not Supplied Elsewhere: You may discuss your personal development, family background, skills, abilities or interests—anything that will give the Admissions Committee a broader sense of who you are.

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