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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law 2010 thread
« on: June 28, 2007, 02:03:24 PM »
I'm starting ALS this August. My girlfriend and I actually came down in April to apartment hunt for the day in hopes of getting it out of the way. We saw an absolutely dreadful place on South Swan (the current tenant was being evicted), an overpriced and somewhat rundown apartment on Park, and then, much to my relief, a nicer, more tolerable place on a side street off Oakwood. Sorta pricey, but I'm fortunate enough to at least have my girlfriend to split it with. It seems like there's a lot of variaton in terms of neighborhood quality here. The same street can be beautiful in one spot and disgusting further down.

I'm looking forward to getting started with school. The only slight frustration I have had so far is with the financial aid office, which has given me some conflicting answers to questions. I just got my bill, which has a scholarship credit, but none of my loans yet applied. (I assume this is normal, but what do I know).

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School, 155 LSAT
« on: February 22, 2007, 05:45:26 AM »
an EFC of zero and got nothing? damn

but were you claiming yourself as an independent because unless you were for a number of years before then I think they still look at your parents info.

I think I'll be sending my seat deposit in soon :)

If you're going to grad school, you're claiming yourself as independent by default, from what I understand.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Book Recommendations
« on: February 21, 2007, 09:38:42 PM »
And Then There Were None, by Christie.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School, 155 LSAT
« on: February 10, 2007, 08:56:35 PM »
Well, I'm offically in at Albany -- and waitlisted at Buffalo, for what's it's worth.

In terms of money, did Albany offer you that $18K scholarship in the acceptance letter, or did that come later? My acceptance letter made no mention of merit awards. Not that I expect a handout, but it would be nice. Tis why I'm expressing continued interest at Buffalo; $30K per year in loans vs. $10K in loans marks a big difference. 



No, it didn't come in the acceptance -- it was a separate letter a couple weeks later, so you could still certainly be getting something merit-based. Yeah, there's a huge difference between Buffalo and Albany in terms of just tuition, and an even bigger one if you're already a NY resident and get in-state tuition rates from Buffalo.

Bubba, definitely, any info you can give us would be helpful. In general, are you happy in Albany (living, the school itself, prospects, profs, etc.)? As someone else asked, how are they with need-based aid? If I could get another couple grand knocked off, that would probably seal the deal for me.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School, 155 LSAT
« on: February 10, 2007, 11:20:41 AM »
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Are you in-state?  If so, that scholarship, however small, would still tip the scales in Buffalo's favor.  I can't speak to much about the CoL of either place.  They're both going to be much less expensive than living in NYC and attending Cardozo. 

Yeah, in-state. The tuition at Buffalo is surprisingly low (or lower than Albany's at least). I doubt I would get any merit based aid from Cardozo if I got accepted, and so I would be living off pure loans for the next 3 years. The prospect of going there is exciting but I don't think I can stomach the resulting financial burden compared to the other two schools.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School, 155 LSAT
« on: February 10, 2007, 11:14:06 AM »
Hey, I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on Albany Law School, which I've applied to for the Fall 2007. As I understand it, it's the oldest private law school in the U.S., with great trial and and clinical programs.  I'm also interested in their generous (at least I think so) LRA program, as well as the proximity to state courts/government.

Any insight into the quality of education there?  Also, how's the network into New York City?  As it stands, with a 155 LSAT, Albany and Suffolk are my safety schools, compared with St. John's, Rutgers Newark, Depaul, John Marshall, Loyola Chicago, and U. Wisconsin.  Thanks.

Not sure about that one (Harvard is the oldest law school in continuous operation, and it's private, so...


What was meant was that Albany is the oldest independent law school in the country. This is true.

Oh ok, yes then, though it has affiliations w/ Union University.

Also true. They still elect to call themselves the "oldest" and "independent," regardless of exactly how true that is.

I'm considering Albany and Buffalo, as I don't really have an interest (currently) of leaving New York state. Would you have any opinion on the choice (as you seemed to know a bit about Albany)? I've been told by professors that Albany, as you said, has an extensive network of judges and DAs and such (I'm in Rochester). Buffalo is higher ranked, but I figure the difference is negligible, since they're both toward the lower end anyhow. Still waiting to hear from Cardozo, who is just blatantly torturing me at this point.

Don't know much at all about Buffalo, though I think their grads tend to stay upstate more so than Albany grads, many of whom make their way down to NYC. 


Actually, funny thing is, Albany is offering me 18K a year (stay in top 1/2 of class), while Buffalo's only offering 2K a year (I assume because they're a state school?), so the  initial cost comes out about the same. I guess more differences pop up with scrutiny (I'm told Albany has higher COL than does Amherst/Buffalo).

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School, 155 LSAT
« on: February 10, 2007, 10:58:30 AM »
Hey, I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on Albany Law School, which I've applied to for the Fall 2007. As I understand it, it's the oldest private law school in the U.S., with great trial and and clinical programs.  I'm also interested in their generous (at least I think so) LRA program, as well as the proximity to state courts/government.

Any insight into the quality of education there?  Also, how's the network into New York City?  As it stands, with a 155 LSAT, Albany and Suffolk are my safety schools, compared with St. John's, Rutgers Newark, Depaul, John Marshall, Loyola Chicago, and U. Wisconsin.  Thanks.

Not sure about that one (Harvard is the oldest law school in continuous operation, and it's private, so...


What was meant was that Albany is the oldest independent law school in the country. This is true.

Oh ok, yes then, though it has affiliations w/ Union University.

Also true. They still elect to call themselves the "oldest" and "independent," regardless of exactly how true that is.

I'm considering Albany and Buffalo, as I don't really have an interest (currently) of leaving New York state. Would you have any opinion on the choice (as you seemed to know a bit about Albany)? I've been told by professors that Albany, as you said, has an extensive network of judges and DAs and such (I'm in Rochester). Buffalo is higher ranked, but I figure the difference is negligible, since they're both toward the lower end anyhow. Still waiting to hear from Cardozo, who is just blatantly torturing me at this point.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School, 155 LSAT
« on: February 10, 2007, 10:51:32 AM »
Hey, I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on Albany Law School, which I've applied to for the Fall 2007. As I understand it, it's the oldest private law school in the U.S., with great trial and and clinical programs.  I'm also interested in their generous (at least I think so) LRA program, as well as the proximity to state courts/government.

Any insight into the quality of education there?  Also, how's the network into New York City?  As it stands, with a 155 LSAT, Albany and Suffolk are my safety schools, compared with St. John's, Rutgers Newark, Depaul, John Marshall, Loyola Chicago, and U. Wisconsin.  Thanks.

Not sure about that one (Harvard is the oldest law school in continuous operation, and it's private, so...


What was meant was that Albany is the oldest independent law school in the country. This is true.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T3 & T4 Acceptances and Rejections 2007
« on: February 07, 2007, 10:19:15 AM »
Wow...in at Richmond (80) in 2 weeks...

In at Rutgers-Camden (65) in a week...

Still waiting on:  Widener, NC Central, Stetson, Hofstra, Albany

WHAT THE!?!

If it helps, I'm still waiting on Widener too - and I definitely thought I was an auto-admit there.


With numbers like 4.11/166, you're beyond auto-admit for Widener; according to LSN, people with much lower numbers are getting very large scholarships from them. Just curious, why are you applying to Widener with a 166?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: upstate NY schools
« on: February 05, 2007, 02:48:03 PM »
I'm in Roch too. Some of the suburbs are very nice (e.g. Pittsford). Some of the city is...yeah. I don't know how crazy I am about it.

I lived in Rochester in the early 80's  - loved it compared to syracuse, could have been my age though...Henderson Drive in Pennfield.


Hey Bill, you end up with some money from Albany yet? Where do you plan on heading?

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