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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: fordham vs. brooklyn ($$)
« on: March 31, 2007, 05:17:41 PM »
Yes, the are working on expanding it. Hope it works out. Good luck.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: fordham vs. brooklyn ($$)
« on: March 28, 2007, 07:24:34 PM »
I would recommend not making a decision based on an LRAP unless you really know all the fine print. Fordham does have a relatively attractive LRAP program, for instance, but what they don't tell you is that they only enroll four students per year in it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Fordham ASW - This Saturday
« on: March 25, 2007, 02:43:27 PM »
Totally agree with you Kitty.  I was pretty much settled on the dorms, but after visiting I've changed my mind.  I just can't see myself reverting to a freshman year of college setting.  Freshman started to annoy me by the end of college, and now I'm sure it'd be even worse. 

I'll also admit that the 3 to a bathroom thing bothers me.  I've had my own bathroom now for 4 years and it's something I've gotten used to.  Obviously with NYC's high cost of living that might not be an option any longer, but still thought I'd whine about it here.

Anyone considering finding a one bedroom?  I was told by a student that if you long and hard enough you can find something for about 1300-1400 a month, which is about how much the dorms are.  Not sure how possible this actually is, but I'm going to give it a shot.  I just hope this won't affect the whole making friends and not being anti-social thing...

Check out Morningside Heights, the neighborhood around Columbia. It's a nice neighborhood and a quick trip to school on the 1 (15-20 minutes depending on your stop). I have a one bedroom for $1425 (I have lived here for four years and the rent went up for the first time for this coming renewal, from $1350). If you are coming from out of town and have a limited amount of time to find something, I would recommend using a broker.

My friends in the dorm are satisfied with the facilities but they find it somewhat infantilizing.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Should I leave my boyfriend?
« on: March 23, 2007, 02:04:16 PM »
Within a few sentences of each other you are questioning whether you should stay with your boyfriend to go the better school and also saying that you plan to get married in the near future. If this is a real conflict for you, the only advice I could give you is that you are not ready to get married.

Fordham will send you a book in the mail and ask you to read it. Unless you are really interested in a book on the list, I wouldn't do any more legal reading than you have to. You'll be getting enough of that soon enough.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: fordham vs. brooklyn ($$)
« on: March 19, 2007, 08:25:16 PM »
I go to Fordham and am hoping to get a government job when I graduate. For a variety of reasons, I am not going to have any debt so I might not be in the best position to offer advice. Nonetheless, graduating with $120+ debt is something you should think long and hard about--particularly if you aren't planning on pursing a career in a big firm. The DA's office I'm interning with starts at around $50. Legal aid jobs start in the low to mid 40s. Federal jobs mostly start in the mid 50s. Estimate what your living expenses will be (very high if you stay in the city) and what your loan payments will be and compare that with your anticipated salary. It can be done, and many people make it work. But Brooklyn is a great school and it's respected in NY. Brooklyn students seemed to do just as well at the major non-profit career fair, and I have met a good number of them during my interviews. One other thing-some of the city agencies list the attorneys they have hired over the past few years and the schools they graduated from. Do a google search. Brooklyn is well represented. Yes, Fordham has a stronger reputation than Brooklyn does but I don't think the gap is as huge as some people make it out to be, particularly if you are interested in local government. If I happened to be in your position, I would take Brooklyn and save myself a lot of grief down the road. Good luck.

Unless you have spent time in Jacksonville, don't automatically assume it would be a cool place to live just becaue it's in Florida. North Florida is more like south Georgia than it is like central or south Florida. It's very "southern" in culture.

As for FCSL, even in the Jacksonville market its reputation is still pretty weak. When it started, the school was a total joke. It's less of a joke now, but the stigma seems to remain to some extent. The north Florida market is really dominated by UF and FSU graduates and I think there is some loyalty in hiring. If you do end up going there, realize that you will probably be stuck working in the Jax-St Augustine area until you get some legal experience.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Private religious schools
« on: March 15, 2007, 04:56:10 PM »
I'm an observant Jew and go to a Jesuit law school. I have never felt uncomfortable in any way. They go out of their way to accomodate the religious needs of non-catholics (for example they always provide kosher food and they tape record classes when they fall on the Jewish holidays). I like that the school emphasizes public service, whatever the reason.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Fordham PT schedule
« on: January 07, 2007, 03:25:42 PM »
My schedule last semester:

Monday, 6-815 (later some nights when there was legal research)
Tuesday, 6-720
Wednesday, 630-845
Thursday, 6-930

I go to a Jesuit law school - I have never seen a kid in the building, let alone the library. I know very few students who are married let alone parents.

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