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General Board / Cornell Students who have taken Taylor for K
« on: April 12, 2008, 12:10:10 PM »
We have Prof. Taylor from Cornell as a visiting prof this semester.  Anyone taken her before (she's from Cornell) and have some advice for us frantic students trying to figure out how to prep for her exam?

Thanks SO MUCH!

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Brooklyn Law School / Brooklyn Law Class of 2010
« on: June 19, 2007, 04:38:54 PM »
Hi all.  I just created a Google Groups for anyone entering Brooklyn Law School this year (2007). 

[http://groups.google.com/group/brooklynlawstudents2007]

I know there is this board, and the Brooklyn Law School Admitted Students Board… but my thought was it could be a more specific Brooklyn Law group to post questions for one another. 

Check it out if you are interested!

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St. John's U Law School / Re: Seat Deposit is in!
« on: April 29, 2007, 02:40:06 AM »
I am officially going to St. John's.  I'm quite excited as I will be moving from Seattle.  If anyone out there has a good appartment they are giving up... give me a heads up!  :-)  I'll be flying in to appartment hunt at the begining of July. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Brooklyn Law Student taking Questions
« on: February 20, 2008, 05:35:14 PM »
1) With what frequency do BLS grads land jobs with the Federal government? Do people ever do internships with Federal offices in New York?
The U.S. Attorney's Office in the EDNY is very involved with BLS. I know lots of people that have interned there.

Oh yeah, cannotpick... one of the (many) reasons I ended up at BLS! 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Brooklyn Law Student taking Questions
« on: February 20, 2008, 08:25:19 AM »
1) With what frequency do BLS grads land jobs with the Federal government? Do people ever do internships with Federal offices in New York?
2)How much of an effort does the career center make to help people who are not necessarily looking for biglaw?
3) How high in the class do you need to finish to have a realistic shot of transferring to NYU or Columbia? (Sorry, I had to ask out of curiosity)

1) to be honest, I'm not really sure.  I think you can look up the % of government jobs people land on LSAC. 
2) A ton.  I am not looking for biglaw and I meet all the time with the career center.  There is a dedicated pubic interest adviser, and even the non dedicated adviser helps out all the time.  Basically, if you want assistance, it's there.  They don't care in the slightest if you are not going into big law.
3) From what I gather, it's top 15%.  But who really knows.  To be honest, if you want to go to those schools and you can't get in, you need to go to the highest rank school (with a +/- range of about 20) and do the best you can do in school and see where you fall.  NYC/Columbia don't care if you went to BLS or Cardozo (like 12 spaces different) above how well you actually did in those schools.  And, at the same token, a BLS grad is not going to have a big advantage above a St. John's grad when trying to get into those top schools.  Rather, they will look at your school ranking, your resume, what you did while in school and why you want to transfer. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Brooklyn Law Student taking Questions
« on: February 12, 2008, 10:58:37 PM »
Hi! Thank for giving back!
Realistically, do you think I have chance for Brooklyn PT or Cardozo PT?????
(I applied to these schools in December).
Thank you.

To be honest, I don't really remember the numbers split anymore.  I know that it took BLS longer than others to get back last year.  Also, keep in mind that if you really had your heart set on BLS, you could accept a part time program: which is basically the exact same thing but you take 4 classes rather than 5 your first semester and transfer to full time your second semester.  I know quite a few folks that did this.  Just remember, it's really all a numbers game.  Your numbers get you in a yes, maybe, or no pile.  The yes's and no piles are really small, and everything else you have to offer puts you over the edge either way. 

Good luck!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Brooklyn Law Student taking Questions
« on: February 12, 2008, 10:53:48 PM »
I used this board fairly heavily last year when deciding where to go.  Time to give what little I have learned back.  If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to answer.

Debt load, summer work plans, student body competitiveness, housing situation?

I was lucky enough to get a full ride, so I can't speak too much regarding the cost.  I can say that they give money.  Note: they will actually tell you that they do not negotiate for scholarship money.  Well, they definitely can give you more money, you just have to be persistent and have good reasons (ie: scholarships from other schools).  I was told my financial offer was my offer, I respectfully rejected based on a higher offer at another school, and magically I was bumped up.  Also, make sure that you pay close attention to the retention requirements when deciding between schools.  BLS's retention is really good... not amazing, but good.  They require top half.  I will be retaining my money, but you've got to remember that law school is incredibly difficult, you will be surrounded by student's who, in one form or another, succeeded to get themselves into your school.  I could only imagine the pressure if you had to stay in top 1/3 or top 25%.  Yikes.

This summer I will be interning for a federal judge. 

Student body is, as a whole, not too compeditive.  It is Law School, the breading ground of insecurity and competition.  And of course there are those in my class who I would much prefer to not associate myself with, but you get that everywhere.  I really enjoy my colleges and feel as though they are supportive and encouraging. 

BLS has housing that, if you don't have a dog (which I do) is a really great option.  You get to live in an incredibly trendy neighborhood and pay really good rent.  You are guaranteed housing your first year, and you have to enter a lottery to retain it your second year.  If you loose your housing, I'm sure that sucks.  But, I would guess about half the class lives off campus in apartments.  I live in a cool neighborhood 4 subway stops away. 

I think that answered your questions. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Brooklyn Law Student taking Questions
« on: February 12, 2008, 10:36:57 PM »
I used this board fairly heavily last year when deciding where to go.  Time to give what little I have learned back.  If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to answer.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Textbooks
« on: August 07, 2007, 12:55:49 AM »
What are the best websites to buy used textbooks?  I really don't want to pay $700 for text books my first quarter.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: July 24, 2007, 11:22:55 AM »
Not sure which way I'm going to go... but when I do, do any of you knowledgeable laptop users have any recommendations on cases?  I'm thinking about one of those soft foam cases inside of my bag from undergrad...

I got this one http://www.sfbags.com/products/sleevecases/sleevecases.htm for my laptop and it is really nice!  High quality and for once good online customer service.  Yes I now have a case and no laptop! arg.

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