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Where should I go next fall? / Re: HOFSTRA PRE ORIENTATION REUNION
« on: June 13, 2006, 11:48:59 PM »
Great!  August 20th it is! :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: HOFSTRA PRE ORIENTATION REUNION
« on: June 13, 2006, 12:16:38 PM »
Ok everyone, so, when are we getting together?  There is a girl in my building who is going to Hofstra as well.  She is from Texas!  I don't think she belongs to the LSD but I will try to bring her along if we are able to organize this meeting.

Late August?  Dave and Buster's?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Hofstra vs. Golden Gate Full Ride?
« on: June 13, 2006, 12:14:30 PM »
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.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Hofstra vs. Golden Gate Full Ride?
« on: June 12, 2006, 02:18:55 PM »
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! :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: HOFSTRA PRE ORIENTATION REUNION
« on: May 18, 2006, 06:30:56 PM »
cool. thats pretty pricy

Yeah, it isn't cheap...but, it isn't so bad if you share it with someone.  Maybe you could find a roomie :) 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: HOFSTRA PRE ORIENTATION REUNION
« on: May 18, 2006, 12:03:08 AM »
cmedici... how long does it take you to get to hofstra from your apartment? also, how much is the rent there?

Hi!  It takes between 15 and 20 minutes, and the rent here depends on the size of the apartment.  I am in a one bedroom, but there are studios and two and three bedrooms as well.  I pay $1750 a month (I have a dog though so it costs me an extra $50 per month).  Yes, pets are allowed also, which is GREAT!  But you should visit the site, www.avalonatglencove.com  and get familiar with sizes and prices. :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: HOFSTRA PRE ORIENTATION REUNION
« on: May 17, 2006, 05:24:07 PM »
That sounds really good to me also!  :)
So...when would this happen?  Maybe on a saturday.  I can't on July 8th,15th or August 3rd, but any other saturdays sound good, or sundays, hehe. :)

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Where should I go next fall? / HOFSTRA PRE ORIENTATION REUNION
« on: May 16, 2006, 04:48:15 PM »
Hi everyone!  A few of us Hofstra Law class of 2009 have been talking about getting together before orientation rolls around.  That way maybe we can make some friends and feel better on the first day of school.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to when and where we should meet? :)

I live at the Avalon at Glen Cove.  It is a nice building and it has a nice pool, a nice movie theater, a nice everything!  I wouldn't mind having people over there, but then again, maybe it is better to have this gathering somewhere public and readily accessible, especially since there might be a lot of us (or so I hope).  Let's try to keep this thread alive!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: HOFSTRA
« on: May 16, 2006, 04:44:50 PM »
I definetly think we should have a pre-orientation event.   :)  How would we go about doing that?


Well, we need to get a bunch of people to commit to a date, time, and place for a get together. We can try it on this thread, or we can start a new one specificaly about the event and try to get everyone who is going to Hofstra to drop in and then discuss a date time and place for it.

Ok!  Let's try both!  I will start a new thread!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: HOFSTRA
« on: May 16, 2006, 04:43:13 PM »
I am new to this website and feel like I have been missing out on a great resource for the past year.  I applied late to Hofstra after getting a letter from them late in March.  After reading about the Law School, I decided to apply and became very excited at the prospect because I was becoming increasingly disappointed with my law school prospects (I'm waitlisted at Pitt, Duquesne, and UNLV, and accepted at Quinnipiac, Western New England, and Widener). Having that said, I feel I may have hurt my chances at Hofstra with an e-mail last week.  I had called in to ask some questions and while I was on the phone I just thought I'd ask if there was any change in my status.  Later, I received and e-mail asking me to be patient in their decision process.  So I replied to the e-mail just stating my eagerness to attend and stated a few things I did not get to put in my application because I was advised by someone in the admission office to do that, yet I feel that they took the e-mail to mean that I wanted them to speed up the decision process which is not what I wanted at all.  Any advice on what I should do to try to improve my chances of acceptance???  My LSAT score was 154 and my GPA 3.85.

Hi Mandy!  Welcome to the forum!  My advice to you would be to read about the student groups, the clinics and some of the professors and write a detailed e-mail explaining why you would love to go there in particular.  You should find an organization you want to join, a clinic you might participate in, and a professor whose profile is so stunning that you feel being around him/her would change your life and tell the admissions office all about it.  Try contacting Deb Martin. She is the dean and she is great!  :)  Good luck!  I am sure you will become a great lawyer no matter where you go.  LSAT scores can only tell so much about a person, besides, 154 is above national average, and your GPA is fabulous!

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