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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: CUNY vs Brooklyn/Cardozo $$
« on: March 19, 2010, 01:35:08 AM »
What are the ranking requirements at Dozo/BLS?

Me, personally, I'd feel comfortable with a limit to be in the top half of a class, because that's sort of within your own control. If you work diligently, you will be in the top half of the class. If their requirements are more like top 25% or top 10%, I'd be much more cautious.

Everyone going into law school are dead certain they'll be top 10% of their class. Generally speaking, they won't. And as far as I know after 3 years in law school, I can't give you any formula for predicting how well you'll do.

So, to summarize.

If you need top 50% to keep scholarship; Cardozo
If you need something higher than 33% to keep scholarship; CUNY

Just to add my 2 cents to this conversation; I don't believe in luck at all as a factor when it comes to grading. Maybe this is only applicable to my school, but through 5 semesters so far every single grade I've gotten has been spot on how I judged my own performance on the respective finals.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn law vs. st johns
« on: March 03, 2010, 07:32:59 PM »
Don't choose on rank. Visit the schools, each law school has its own vibe. You might discover one feels a lot better to you than the other. Do a little research on their clinical programs or their concentrations. Look at their faculty and see if they are doing research that interests you. 

Yeah, this is great advice, if you do not care the least about getting a job post graduation.

That being said, the schools are fairly evenly matched. Brooklyn is undoubtedly ahead of St Johns though.

Saying that competition for jobs is high, at this point in time, is probably the understatement of the century. Competitions for jobs are high at schools like Georgetown; at schools like NYLS and Pae they're virtually non-existent at the moment.

That might change by the time current applicants are graduating of course, but yeah, going to a high-cost-low-rank school isn't a good choice at this time. Go for something a bit more local and/or budget friendly.

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