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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn or Rutgers-Newark
« on: March 08, 2006, 12:01:48 PM »
Everything you said is spot on. Rutgers will likely be significantly cheaper, but Brooklyn is a better school for starting up in the city. That isn't to say that Rutgers is bad, but as you pointed out the alumni network is stronger and being in the city itself is a huge advantage. If you can afford it I'd definately go to Brooklyn.

What's that in his right hand?

Confront them both together. He'll either have to call her a liar to her face, which would end anything they might have, or admit to you that they are together, which lets you know where you stand.

Law School Admissions / Re: GGU & ABA Probation
« on: March 06, 2006, 10:20:29 PM »
I agree with Mugatu. If that were the only place you got into then I would go and be prepared to work really hard. First of all, it isn't all that rare that a school goes on probation, but it is rare that a school will actually lose accreditation and not recover. Second, even if they do lose accreditation that doesn't preclude you from practicing within the state. There are tons of non-ABA accreditted schools that produce lawyers that practice under the state bar. It will be much harder and you'll need to work to get there though, as most people in that situation end up as legal aides. Finally, if you work hard, are near the top of your class, and GGU does happen to lose its accreditation then you can always transfer. Its my understanding that the credits you would earn at GGU while it was under probation would still transfer to an ABA accreditted school so why not? Ultimately, I am a firmly believe that it is never advantagous to take time off before law school unless absolutely necessary and I really do believe GGU will recover.

Disagree... Hillary will run & win.

Law School Admissions / U of MN deadline waiver?
« on: March 06, 2006, 09:19:41 AM »
Anyone else get this today? I'm thinking its the same as the Columbia mailing a couple of weeks ago and just an attempt to boost numbers. Except, Columbia waived the app. fee too. No need to get cheap on us here MN =P

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Hofstra - any advice?
« on: March 06, 2006, 08:54:12 AM »
I would think so. Long Island seems to be where a lot of their alumni end up so I would think networking there shouldn't be too difficult.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Hofstra - any advice?
« on: March 05, 2006, 10:49:20 PM »
I also applied to Hofstra because of the free application. I did do some research on it though and it appears to be a pretty decent program. Its my understanding that it places very well on LI and alright in the rest of the NYC. According to NALP some pretty good firms recruit from Hofstra as well. Also, I've spoken to several people involved in the legal community in NYC. The impression I got was that, as far as NY schools go, Columbia & NYU were, of course, on top, followed by Brooklyn & Cardozo, and then followed by St. John's & Hofstra, & lastly schools like NY Law, Syracuse, SUNY, etc. Do note though that the people I spoke with were talking about their experiences which were entirely restricted to law in NYC.

Honestly, any school in or around NYC will place you well for getting a good job in the city. What you have to remember is that you're just going to have to rank higher amongst your class mates the lower down the totem you go. Good luck in your decision.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: CUNY or Rutgers Newark
« on: March 05, 2006, 09:15:21 PM »
Excluding tier 1 schools, I would say that someone in the top 10% would almost always be viewed better than someone in the bottom 10% regardless of their school. The way I look at the different tiers is, first, on a sliding percentage scale (ie. top 50% in T2 = top 25% in T3 = top 10% in T4) and, second, as a shrinking area of influence (ie. T1 can go pretty much anywhere to work, T2 needs to look more regionally, T3 needs to look more within state, and T4 needs to look more within the city). Neither of these ways of looking at the tiers is exactly right (even more so since many professionals disavow the tier system all together), but I have found them to be a useful way of evaluating schools.
With CUNY and Rutgers I think its safe to say that Rutgers is going to give you more options in regards to what and where you practice. However, if you already have a good idea of those things then CUNY might be better if it fits the mold for what you want. For getting a job in NYC I don't think either school really has a leg up on the other. For public interest I think CUNY has an edge. For cost it would appear that CUNY has an edge in your case. On average Rutgers graduate make more money, but whether that has to do with where they went or what they practice I can't say. By looking at the information you have given here about what you are interested in, I would say CUNY is pry the better choice. What I will say for Rutgers is that IMHO it is a better and more prestigious school at large and it would afford you more opportunities outside of the specific area of interest you've stated.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: CUNY or Rutgers Newark
« on: March 05, 2006, 02:07:39 PM »
Personally, I like Rutgers better... hence its one of the places I'm considering. That being said though, if you are honestly planning on living at home and commuting there everyday then CUNY may be a better choice. Law school is a lot of work already without having to spend that much time in transit every single day. I can also tell you that, for me, that kind of commute is something that would put my bad days over the top into horrible ones.
Rutgers will give you more options, but CUNY is not a bad school and you will have a fair amount of options there as well. What you need to ask yourself is what you want out of law school. If you are really interested in public interest, want to live at home, and want to work in the NYC area then I would go with CUNY. On the other hand, going to Rutgers does not preclude any of those things from happening its just doesn't fit the mold quite as well.
Good luck in your decision.

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