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Transferring / Re: Yet ANOTHER possible transfer questions
« on: October 29, 2006, 10:40:25 PM »
Has anyone transferred down in the rankings? I left the area where I grew up, my friends, and my boyfriend of three years to go to a T3 (it was top 100 when I was admitted, grrr) school four hours away. I would like to transfer to either a T3 or T4. I had applied to both of those schools earlier, but due to a number of factors, mainly cost of living and a desire to try a different area, I did not choose to go either place. My LSAT was good, and I had received scholarship offers from the two schools I am thinking about transferring to. What do you think about my chances of being accepted as a transfer student to one of those schools, assuming I have average (top half of class) grades at my current school?

Syracuse / Re: HOUSING?
« on: June 16, 2006, 03:39:51 PM »
From what I've heard and seen, the area immediately around campus is not as nice as a bit farther away. I will be living at Nob Hill, which I think will be a nice place to live. It seemed well-maintained and in a decent location. As far as on-campus housing goes, I think that Slocum Heights is already filled.

When I was looking for an apartment I also drove by Rugby Square and Grant Village and didn't like the location of either of those. Nob Hill is only a few exits off the highway, so I don't think the traffic will be so bad. I have heard that Teall Ave can be a major pain in the mornings.

There is an old thread on this board that discusses housing, maybe that would be more helpful. :)

Syracuse / Re: Syracuse Class of 2009
« on: May 26, 2006, 06:45:58 PM »
I'm going. I'm leaving my job June 30th and my lease starts July 1st.

Mizzmj, did you find housing yet?

Syracuse / Re: Syracuse Class of 2009
« on: April 05, 2006, 10:57:46 AM »
I'm going up on Saturday to check out some apartments, get a local map, and try to get a feel for the city. I can't wait to leave my job and move to Syracuse.

Syracuse / Re: Class of 2009, What drew you in?
« on: April 01, 2006, 02:41:44 PM »
What about Syracuse appeals to you?

I only applied to Syracuse to please my mother, who went there for undergrad. But then I got in with a sizable scholarship and figured it would be stupid if I didn't visit. So I went for a quick visit and for some reason just loved the school. The buildings were average, and the city is nothing too exciting. But I could picture myself spending three years there.

The cost of living is a major factor, too.

Despite Syracuse's fall in the rankings, the school seems to have a pretty good reputation. I don't want to work for a big firm, or even in a big city necessarily (I am NOT a city girl!), so while the drop in rankings makes me sad I am not worried about my job prospects. I think that if you make yourself stand out while at law school with internships, moot court, or whatever, you should be able to get a decent job. Of course what one person considers a decent job someone else might belittle. I want to have a higher standard of living than I have now, and I want to enjoy my job.

Syracuse / Re: Syracuse Class of 2009
« on: March 20, 2006, 08:45:30 PM »
I sent in my seat deposit last week.

I'm not married, and I don't have kids, but I'm going to throw in my two cents anyway.

I'm a 1L at Syracuse, and my boyfriend of three years is back home in Connecticut. I went to Syracuse for a number of reasons, one of which was because I wanted to go to the best school that gave me a big scholarship. Now that I am here I regret my decision to move away from him. We had lived together for over two years, and I miss coming home to have dinner with him. Instead of seeing each other every day, we see each other every other weekend.

I know I can't handle this separation for all three years. I think I am going to try to transfer to a school back in CT or western Mass so I can move back home and enjoy life again. I am very homesick for my family. Part of it is because I hate law school and most likely do not want to practice law, but then again it is very difficult to be away from your family. I know of couples who manage to survive a separation during grad school, but it is hard.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Car Insurance
« on: June 18, 2006, 01:59:57 PM »
I will be moving from Massachusetts for New York for school, and I know that New York requires you to register your car within 30 days of becoming a resident of New York. The tricky part is how they define resident:

"Section 250 (5) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law defines the term "resident." The law defines a resident as a person who lives in NYS with the intent to make NYS a "fixed and permanent" place to live. To live in a house, a home, an apartment, a room or other similar place in NYS for 90 days is considered "presumptive evidence" that you are a resident of NYS. A police officer can use this evidence as the reason to issue a traffic ticket if you drive in NYS without a driver license or vehicle registration issued by NYS.

A judge considers the law and the evidence of your intent and decides if you are a resident of NYS. For example, if you pay taxes or your children attend school in another state, a judge considers these facts to decide if your intent is to make NYS a "fixed and permanent" residence. The DMV will not decide if you are a resident of NYS, if you must get a NYS driver license, or if you must register your vehicle in NYS.

According to this law, students from other states or from other nations who attend school in NYS are normally not considered residents of NYS."

I'm guessing that other states are similar. Personally I am happy about the move because it means I'll be paying less for car insurance. :)

I live in Springfield and took the LSAT at WNEC, so maybe I can help you out. The Greyhound station is, I'll estimate, 15 minutes from WNEC IF THERE IS NO TRAFFIC. Weekday mornings there can be major traffic in the downtown area, which is between the bus station and WNEC. I'd allow more time to be on the safe side. And better early than late.

I can't imagine the cab fare will be all that expensive, but then I haven't taken a cab in years so I really don't know. But the trip isn't more than a few miles.

The good news is, once you get to WNEC the law building is easy to find. The school is at the intersection of Wilbraham and Bradley roads, and the law building is off of Bradley. There is a parking lot right by the law building.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Age
« on: June 11, 2006, 10:12:47 AM »
27, turning 28 in September.

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