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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UConn - viewbook/brochure?
« on: March 19, 2006, 07:31:00 PM »
What are my interests in Syracuse...good question. I actually applied there because that's where my mother went for undergrad. I applied to BU to please my dad (that's where he went to law school), so I figured I could apply to Syracuse to make my mom happy. I never really thought seriously about going there, and I didn't think I'd get any money from them (I didn't submit their financial aid application because my dad wouldn't provide his tax return).

At the start of my law school application process, I thought I wanted to go to Quinnipiac because (a) they have a health law program; and (b) I thought I'd get a decent merit scholarship there. But when I went to the Quinnipiac admitted students reception, I was less than impressed. It didn't feel like a serious school, and the people who asked questions in the mock class were so annoying. So at that point I crossed Quinnipiac off my list. Besides Quinnipiac and Syracuse I had also applied to Case, Cleveland-Marshall, WNEC, UCONN, and BU. I have been accepted at every school except BU, which I am still waiting on.

Anyway, when I realized that I didn't like Quinnipiac, I figured I'd better visit some other schools. I started with Syracuse since it's within driving distance, and my grandmother lives there so I could stay at her house overnight. I only went for a quick visit, but I liked the school and came back with a really good impression. Plus when you say you got into Syracuse people (at least non law students) are impressed, even though it's ranked 95. Thank you, Orangemen.

So after visiting Syracuse I really liked it. But I had also gotten into Case and Cleveland-Marshall, so I went to visit those schools. I had a hard time arranging to visit Case, so I kind of had a bad taste in my mouth about the school. Then when I visited the tour guide was a space cadet. At one point someone asked her what classes she was taking this semester, and she couldn't remember one of her classes - hello?!? The law school building was nice, although the classrooms seemed very cramped compared to the other law school classrooms I've been in (Quinnipiac, WNEC, and Syracuse). And Case has too much of a city feel for me. The campus isn't isolated from the rest of the city as much as I'd like. I know that Syracuse is obviously in a city as well, but it felt different somehow. Plus later on I found out just how close the campus is to a bad neighborhood (East Cleveland) when my BF and I were driving around. So I didn't like the campus all that much. When I got home, I had an e-mail offering me a $20,000/year scholarship, so that made it a hard decision, but I think that all things considered I'll be much happier at Syracuse.

I also went to a Cleveland-Marshall admitted students reception while I was in Cleveland. I wasn't planning on going there, but I figured why not check it out since I was in the area. I was actually pretty impressed with their presentation, and with the library (recently renovated I think). And they seem to have a top-notch career services department. But if I were to go there I would be more or less stuck in the Cleveland area. And that campus is definitely urban, which is not my thing. I am not a city girl.

Okay, so I have eliminated Quinnipiac, Case, and Cleveland-Marshall. And I had pretty much eliminated UCONN and WNEC from the get-go. So that leaves me with Syracuse and the still-pending BU. Even if I miraculously did get into BU, I wouldn't go because (a) it costs way too much and I wouldn't be getting any scholarships from them; and (b) I don't think I could stand living in Boston for three years. Every time I visit Boston I am happy to leave. It's a nice city for sure, but I love grass and trees and hate taking the T. So no Boston.

And that is the story of why I chose Syracuse. I hadn't really considered it until I got a scholarship and visited the school, but then it just started to make a lot of sense.

I bet you're sorry you asked!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse $$$$ Question
« on: March 19, 2006, 04:30:58 PM »
Syracuse's financial aid app asked for parent info unless you're 30, which I think is dumb. If FAFSA doesn't ask, why would Syracuse?

When is the seat deposit due? April 15th?

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UConn - viewbook/brochure?
« on: March 19, 2006, 04:06:56 PM »
Yup, I decided - sent my Syracuse seat deposit in a few days ago. If I didn't want to leave the area so much (I need a change), I probably would have considered UCONN more. Also I had a miserable experience at UCONN for undergrad, and I just don't get warm and fuzzies thinking about UCONN in general. Not a rational reason, but there it is. Plus housing is much cheaper in Syracuse than around here. So for me, Syracuse it is.

Sadly, I have not visited UCONN, even though it is only half an hour away from where I live (Springfield). I'm kind of curious, though, I hear it is supposed to be really nice in the traditional campus buildings sort of way (does that make sense?).

When are you checking out Syracuse? Are you flying or driving? Syracuse and Hartford are probably four, four and a half hours, depending on how fast you drive and if you get stuck in rush hour. I think I made it from Syracuse to Springfield in about three and a half hours. Anyway, I'm looking forward to hear about your visit to Syracuse, because my visit was so short (drove there, watched a class, took a tour, drove back to Springfield). I never got to check out the area around campus to see where various apartment complexes are or anything. And although I have visited my grandmother in Syracuse, I've never really done much more there than grocery shop and attend a funeral. So I can't wait for your review. When are you planning on going?

Have fun on your visits, good luck with your decision. :)

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Quinnipiac is nice. The law school building is across the street from a state park.

Case was about average. The law school building is next to the school of management's building, designed by Frank O. Gehry, and that's a cool building.

The Syracuse University campus is probably average, but the law school buildings are at the top of campus and have a good view, so I think that counts for better than average.

The WNEC campus is nothing special, but the law school building is relatively new and is nice inside. The city of Springfield is pretty awful, though. I've lived here for two years and had my car broken into once and my license plate stolen. A friend at work has had her car broken into three times in about as many years.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UConn - viewbook/brochure?
« on: March 19, 2006, 12:49:19 PM »
I got into UCONN, and I don't remember ever getting a viewbook, either. And I know they were on my list of places to get info from back when I was deciding where to apply. Maybe they don't have one?

On an unrelated note, if you decide on Syracuse, I started a thread for the class of 2009 to talk about housing, etc:

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,57099.0.html

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Other websites you frequent - Top 5
« on: March 19, 2006, 12:36:07 PM »
1. Hotmail
2. my bank's website
3. my credit union's website
4. Amazon.com (books mostly)
5. People.com (I check at lunch to break up the workday)

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse $$$$ Question
« on: March 19, 2006, 12:25:41 PM »
AH, you're right, it said preferred - but I was all paranoid about missing a deadline and not being able to go. So I mailed it in by the preferred deadline and not the actual deadline.

My father refuses to provide his tax return, so I won't be getting any more aid from Syracuse. Fortunately I'm old enough so that FAFSA won't care about my parents' income, even if Syracuse does.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where would you go?
« on: March 18, 2006, 09:17:53 PM »
UCONN is a great school, and I was excited to get in even if I have decided not to go there. If I wasn't so eager to move away I'd probably be considering it a lot more seriously. I am very impressed by the upcoming visit from Antonin Scalia - how many schools get Supreme Court Justices to visit?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where would you go?
« on: March 18, 2006, 08:15:39 PM »
I'm not sure where I want to practice law, but I think I'd be just as happy in upstate New York as I would be in CT. But who knows. I'm going to Syracuse over UCONN for two main reasons: Syracuse will be cheaper, and I would like to try living outside of the CT/western Mass area (I grew up in CT and have lived in Springfield, Mass for the past two years). I lived in Ohio for a year and a half during college, but other than that this area has been home. And I'd love to live in a place where rent/housing costs are more reasonable.

Oh yeah, I went to UCONN for a while during undergrad and had a miserable experience there, so I just don't feel warm and fuzzy about going to UCONN again, even if it's the law school and a completely different campus. I'm not going to pretend that this is a rational line of thinking, so thankfully I have the debt issue as another reason not to go to UCONN.

I got $27,800/year from Syracuse, and $0 from UCONN. So UCONN for three years would be about $60,000 (assuming that I can get in-state tuition after the first year). Syracuse would be something like $22,000. And that's only school, no living expenses. Plus the cost of living in Syracuse is less than in central CT. I don't want to be stuck with loads of debt after school so that I am forced to work a job that I hate (i.e. big firm job, if I could get it). Plus I will be 30 when I graduate, and I'd love to be able to have kids when I'm in my early 30's and buy a house sooner than later.

So for me the choice is Syracuse. :)

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Incoming 1Ls / Syracuse class of 2009
« on: March 18, 2006, 07:47:05 PM »
So who else is going to Syracuse? I'm starting the apartment search now, and I'm wondering if people have any clue where they're going to be living, what neighborhoods are good/bad, etc. Is anyone considering living in a suburb, or do people want to be very close to campus? I'd love to be only five to ten minutes away from school, but after living in a city for the past two years I'd really love to live in the suburbs.

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