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Current Law Students / Re: law school choice
« on: June 13, 2004, 08:09:24 AM »
I think that's mostly a personal choice of what kind of law school experience you want to have and whether you'd like to work in Boston or NYC the first couple years out of law school (both are mobile in the NE but it would be easier to stay for a couple years where you go to school).  I lived in NYC the last seven years so I know that Fordham definetly has a good rep there.  I never felt there was a huge bias between Columbia, NYU and Fordham; they are treated pretty equal.  I worked for a lady who was a graduate of Fordham law and is now a partner at Skadden, Arps.., so BigLaw would definetely be an option with all the alumni in high places if you do well. 

Current Law Students / Re: Desperate for good advice
« on: June 13, 2004, 07:56:30 AM »
I say stay at Cardoza, you still have the name of the school.  What happens if you transfer to CUNY and for some reason aren't able to do a lot better.  Also I doubt many from CUNY go into big law either; and don't forget there are other things besides Big law and small firm.  Maybe you will have to take a job for 50/60K at first but you can work up. As far as part-time, that might be good, I think if you could get a job in the industry somewhere to get experience, that might help.  For instance, go to a large company that you might want to work in-house for.  When I was in NYC I worked for Sony, I have a feeling if i had stayed I could have become in-house just because I got to know everyone there including HR.  What about working for a bank in the legal dept?
Also keep in mind that that some people do worst there IL year and are able to pick up from there.   
good luck, I can almost assure you you're through the worst

Current Law Students / Re: ***DO NOT CLICK ON THE SDSD TOPIC
« on: June 13, 2004, 07:43:41 AM »
yeah thanks Andrew, it got mine too.  Despite seeing the message "do not click on sdsd", I went right for it.

I had two deposits down for a while but then I realized there was no good reason to wait any longer to make a decision between the two (and to lose any more money stalling).  I mean once you have the financial package and have visited both if possible, than you should just help yourself out and make a decision between the two.  It's much less stressful to commit yourself and start planning for the one you chose, then to wait for divine intervention to drop out of the sky and make the decision for you. ... Although something about getting that final answer helps makes a decision also, even if its a negative on the last.  good luck, things will work out!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Don't know what to do...
« on: June 11, 2004, 06:29:50 AM »
I say Florida U.  I live in Austin now, and perhaps its just that UT is here but I really don't see Tulane's reputation being so great.  I think Florida U's name will travel easier to Chicago, partly just because more people have heard of it.  However, if you're sure that you would like to work in TX right after graduation, than I think the schools are more balanced. 

I think the first decision you need to try to make is where do you think you will most likely want to live for two years after graduation?

If you don't mind losing some money it's definetely ok and I think pretty common.  I put down two 1st deposits but dropped it down to one by the time 2nd deposits came around recently (although you could put down two 2nd deposits also i suppose)  It's just a matter of losing money because every school has different rules about how much they will give you back if you later withdrawl

By the way, what schools are you down to?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Pepperdine - Waitlist
« on: June 06, 2004, 07:17:56 AM »
I pulled my application this last week (plus money).  Hopefully that will help one of you guys. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: is this crazy
« on: June 04, 2004, 06:06:46 AM »
I'm turning down USD also to go to Santa Clara which is about the same.  I'm also a little worried but I really think that location matters more in this situation.  If you want to work in SF, you'll meet many more people going to USF than USD.  Also, having been accepted once, i'm sure you could transfer to USD after a year anyway. 

Choosing the Right Law School / USD vs Santa Clara
« on: June 03, 2004, 11:34:01 AM »
Am I crazy to even be considering Santa Clara over USD?  I THINK I want to work in san fran when i gradute.  Is it just an issue of where I want to work afterwards or should I be thinking about rank which is 60 vs 90ish more?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: timelines for private loans?
« on: June 03, 2004, 06:26:04 AM »
You have to reapply if you change schools, which also means that it lowers your credit score and makes it a little harder the second time! 
Also Santa Clara says that you need to apply for private loans by mid to late June, as all of the tuition is due July 23. Not sure about other places but I would bet most schools are asking for tuition by then as school starts early August.

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