« on: June 13, 2006, 10:14:30 AM »
HI! I am going to Hofstra this fall, but I got a very nice scholarship and don't have to pay for school. I did however pick Hofstra over a few higher ranked schools like Cardozo, Brooklyn, Fordham and ST Johns. I think that contrary to what some people think, Hofstra has a very reputable reputation in New York as a whole, and if you graduate in the top of your class (as I know two people who did) you can get job offers with starting salaries in the $100 thousands. Remember that Hofstra is a pretty "new" school of law, its legal program started in 1970, so it is ranked pretty highly compared to how long it has been around. But it all really depends on where you wanted to go originally, and where you want to live while you are in school. You can always transfer after the first year if you do well. Taking a year off and retaking the test would only be worth it if you knew what you would do with that time. Hope this helps! Good luck!
There is no guarantee you will graduate at the top of your class or do well enough to transfer, or get a 100K job out of Hofstra. Chances are, 90% are trying to do one of these things, which will make your school environment pretty competitive.
When calculating risk, you should look at what is most likely to happen, i.e. what options will be available to the average student with an average GPA at Hofstra Law School. Chances are, that means working at a small or mid sized firm on Long Island, and making a *lot less* than 100K. School salary stats tend to be a bit inflated as well, because the response rate for graduates is nowhere near 100%.
No one should bank on graduating at the top or being able to transfer.
I agree that, obviously, there are no guarantees of you graduating in the top or your class or doing well enough to transfer. But I think the competitiveness of Hofstra is overated. There are quite a few people who go there just to get a law degree with no real will to become head of a firm or anything, they just want to stay in LI and be in an environment that is more like their undergraduate schools. Often those kids come from wealthy enough families that it really doesn't matter where they go to work after college because it is either already set up for them or they will be getting some money from their family to help them start up something. Of course there are people who will be competing to be in the top of the class and get into Law Review, etc, but Long Island has quite a lot of firms that are nice size and will have high enough salaries that sometimes, taking into account living expenses and the lack of NYC tax, can leave you with more cash than big city firms that pay over $100K a year. Also, smaller firms offer a higher oportunity of growth and sometimes more hands on experience with different aspects of a field. I am sure that school is a case of each person has their own likes and dislikes and it should not matter what other people think because they are not you and you have to live with your decision and its consequences. So you should pick a place according to what is most important to you.