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I'm not an expert on anything, but i've heard good things about both law schools. If it were my decision, i would go to NYLS just because it's location (I'm from NYC) seems centrally located for everything, including job searching. There are just different things that everyone takes into account when choosing a school. for me my list, in order of importance was:
MOney: How much scholarship, how long will i be repaying. I'm actually attending a lower ranked(T2/T3) school even though i was accepted into a upper T2.
Law school rep: self explanatory.
Campus: I never attended a school with any kind of campus, so it was something i wanted (for many people, this is not a consideration)
Location: I really wanted someplace nice and warm, so i could relax and not have to worry about freezing my ass off in the winter.
Now someone may look at that list and scoff, others may have felt the same way as i did, but i think you have to make up your own list as to what is really important to you. Neither Hofstra nor NYLS is highliy ranked, an they are both technically NYC schools, so that is even. I don't know what the job prospects are for both, but i would susspect that NYLS has better numbers on paper (not always the facts though).
Like i said, if i had to make the choice, i would do NYLS. I think ppl can do well coming from there at the top of their class.
Yes, do that because when i originally asked my school, they said they were saving the Perkins loans for people who had not received any scholarship money (which at my school is substantial i think). I understood that because i felt very lucky to be receiving a 20K scholarship. I did not want to be greedy. The fin aid officer told me that i had to do the rest of the COA with private loans. But when i called and told her that i needed the perkins,she gave it to me immediately, without any questions. And that was only like three weeks ago, so it's really never too late too ask. That is government money (well not really), and we know the government always has money.
I know how you feel Poly. My school is quite expensive (50K/yr). My credit is so bad that my loan applications were denied even with a cosigner. So i'm going at it with only federal loans and the scholarship that the school gave me. The gap between the schools COA and the money i have is over 10K. Luckily, my sister will be able to help me. It actually turned out to be better in the long run because, instead of building up interest on private loans, she's just paying my rent (500/mnth). So we'll actually be saving money on interest. It is possible to do . Did you ask the school for Perkins Loans too. My school did not want to give me them at first because of the scholarship i recieved, but after i told them i could not get any private loans, they relented and gave me an extra 4K on top of the 18,500 in Stafford. That helped a little. So check that out and good luck.
That's a good question, i'm interested in hearing any responses. I have terrible credit, and i could not get any private loans. I'm still going to law school though, and i hope that it won't affect me when i go for the bar. I plan on getting it mostly under control by the end of my second year though.
So, back to talking about me...
Do they have Discount/99 cent stores in Cali? I know it's a weird question, but i love my 99 cent stores, they save me so much money. I just want to know that i will be able to take advantage of them over there.
Dammit, it looks like i might have to spend almost 300 dollars on a hostel until i can move into a place in Santa Clara. Damn.
I'm glad you like the west side. I have a little more connection to NYC though. I was born in brooklyn, lived here 21 years, even went to college in Manhattan. I feel sad already just thinking about leaving. I'm jealous as hell of all those people who are coming to NYC for law school, even to attend the crappiest school (whatever that may be). The real sad thing is that, since SCU is such a regional school, I don't think i'll make it back home for years after i graduate. There just isn't another place like NYC in the world, and i love my city.
OK, enough whining from me. good luck to you though. who knows, maybe i'll fall in love with san francisco and never want to leave.
My plane ticket has been bought (NYC to San Jose). I will be searching for suitable housing beginning on saturday,and then I will settle into my new home for the next three years. Oh the joy, the fear and the exitement.
Question, what's the farthest anyone is living from their law school? I'm looking at housing that is close to my school, but if i can't find any, i'm looking at some that is kind of far. I would have to take a commuter train about 25-30 minutes. What do you guys think?