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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse or UCONN?
« on: April 13, 2006, 06:52:23 PM »
Congrats on picking UCONN chonralda. If I weren't so afraid of debt I would probably be joining you.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Syracuse Visit
« on: April 13, 2006, 06:49:02 PM »
btw - after FINALLY getting to talk to the prof at uconn i've been waiting to get a hold of (35 min convo!) I've sent my deposit to uconn...i

We'll miss you at Syracuse. :) Oh wait, we've never even met you...

Seriously, congrats on sending in your deposit and heading off to UCONN. Since I grew up in central CT, if you have any questions about the area feel free to ask away and I'll try to answer.

It must be a relief to have finally made that decision. I'm still kind of waffling, I probably won't feel good about my decision until I've moved to Syracuse and started classes. I am kind of sad to leave the CT/MA area, though.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Syracuse Visit
« on: April 13, 2006, 10:33:55 AM »
I sent my seat deposit in today; Syracuse it is!!!  I just can't wait around for Villanova anymore and I like Syracuse so I might as well go for it.  Any updates on your decision Chonralda??  Has anyone officially decided to go to Syracuse besides Laurrk and I?  Anyway, when I went to admitted students day I visted Jefferson Tower and it was great, but completely booked up; there are no apartments available!  I'll be going up in another 2 weeks for a more extensive apartment search.  Good luck with your decisions out there, keep me posted!

Yay, you're going too! I know that I had been waffling about the UCONN vs. Sryacuse decision, but I just can't bring myself to write UCONN a check just to extend the agony of indecision. So I'm headed to Syracuse and away from my ex.

I just saw that some of you were interested in Jefferson Towers. If I am correct and that is the apartment complex next to Madison Towers I am going to have to warn you all to STAY AWAY.

Thanks LawSchoolHopeful for the info on Jefferson Towers.

My mom grew up in Syracuse, and I have several relatives who live in the area now, so I'm hoping that they will have some helpful input in terms of bad/not-so-bad neighborhoods. I think that my mom and I will be headed up to Syracuse in late April to look at apartments. I really really really don't want to be in a bad area again (like my last two apartments), so I've been reading the police blotter at to get an idea of where the criminals live and where the criminal activity happens. Maybe it's overkill, but I don't want to deal with loud neighbors and having my car stolen. And I'd like to feel safe driving back home after studying late at the library.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Tattoos
« on: April 12, 2006, 10:25:44 AM »
I have three, one on my lower back, one above my ankle, and one on top of my foot. The one on my foot definitely hurt more than the others, but it wasn't unbearable.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse or UCONN?
« on: April 12, 2006, 10:22:52 AM »
Chonralda, do you want to do BigLaw? And where do you want to work/live after LS?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse or UCONN?
« on: April 11, 2006, 08:45:12 PM »
Every other stat favors UConn, but the one they tie on you give the edge to the 'Cuse?  Stop the agony and enroll at Syracuse.

I know, I know...I'm just driving myself crazy...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse or UCONN?
« on: April 11, 2006, 08:33:41 PM »
those seem, if they are accurate photos, VERY, cheesy law school rooms...esp for the price id pay as out of state...that's WAY below what I would, one or two of the rooms look nice, but jeez....

It IS a state school. And state schools don't seem to have quite the facilities as private schools (this is just my experience from four different undergrad schools, plus campus visits to law schools). But like BrownsFan said, you can't forget about bar passage rates, salary info, etc.

From US News:

'04 grads employed at graduation:
UCONN = 62%
Syracuse = 67.5%

'04 grads employed 9 months after graduation:
UCONN = 96.4%
Syracuse = 92.7%

Schools bar passage rate and jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate:
UCONN = 93.8% (CT) vs. 82% overall
Syracuse = 76% (NY) vs. 75% overall

peer assessment score:
UCONN = 2.9
Syracuse = 2.4

assessment score by lawyers/judges:
UCONN = 3.1
Syracuse = 3.1

I think that last figure may be important. Lawyers and judges are going to be the ones hiring us when we graduate. And the two schools have the same score.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse or UCONN?
« on: April 11, 2006, 08:18:41 PM »
I liked 'cuse...if that last comment was meant for me...

I know you did, otherwise you wouldn't have such a hard decision to make. :) The quote was from ajstyles. Not sure why my quotes never show who I am quoting. What am I doing wrong?

Delay law school a year, get CT residency +financial aid?

This is definitely not an option for me because my job would surely kill me first. Plus I am getting older, and ideally I'd like to have kids before I'm 35, so I need to get going on law school. As it is I'll be 30 when I graduate.

but i sometimes wonder if 'the better' school outranks all of those other things....oy

I hear ya. The rankings make you crazy. UCONN is 50, and Syracuse is tier 3. It is something to think about.

Just seeking some advice as to the highest-ranked schhols at which I stand at least a decent shot of ANY amount of scholarship dough.

What schools are you interested in? And do you have any particular area of law that you're interested in? Some schools have scholarship money earmarked for people who intend to pursue certain concentrations (for example, Case has special scholarship money for people who intend to do health law). I don't know if that's helpful.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse or UCONN?
« on: April 11, 2006, 06:18:53 PM »
most of the student body lives in those houses around campus and just walk.

That makes sense...not sure if I can picture myself living in one of those houses, though. I want a nice apartment all to myself.

The debt thing really freaks me out, though. Actually, the reason that I applied to law school in the first place is because I found out that you could potentially go for free with a merit scholarship. By free I mean the tuition, not living expenses or anything. Anyway, last June I was hating my job and thinking about going to grad school. I wanted to go to grad school so that I could have a job that I enjoyed and so I could earn more money. Unfortunately the areas that I was thinking of (teaching, social work) do not pay so well. And it was hard to rationalize taking out all those student loans just to graduate with a degree that got me maybe an extra $15K a year in salary.

So then my ex was saying that the most cost effective graduate degree is law school. He was talking about my personal situation and interests, so take that statement with a grain of salt - I'm sure there are many other degrees that would mean a big payoff in the end. But the point was, if I could get the tuition paid for (or mostly paid for), then the debt would be reasonable. I don't want to do BigLaw, so I don't see myself with a job that pays enough to make the debt go away within a few years of graduation. I have gotten sidetracked by the rankings a little. Yes, UCONN is a better school than Syracuse in terms of rankings. But Syracuse comes with a much cheaper price tag, and that is huge for me.

Plus I sent my $400 to Syracuse, and I am pretty psyched to start there. I really just need Saturday to come so that it's too late to change my mind.  :)

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