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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Living in New Jersey
« on: April 26, 2007, 07:55:14 AM »
If I commuted from where I live:
1. Walk about 7-10 minutes to the A train
2. Take A train to WTC (about 15 minutes)
3. Transfer to the Path
4. Take the Path to Newark Penn Station (25 minutes?)
5. a. Walk through Newark
   b. Take the Light Rail
   c. After 3 PM take campus shuttle
6. Arrive at Campus

It will probably take a little over an hour.  It took almost an hour from downtown Manhattan - without the Brooklyn factor. And it is a commute
where I would be changing trains 3 times so it isn't like I can just
sit and read.  And I'm predicting the commute will get really annoying
when I want to stay late and study? 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Living in New Jersey
« on: April 26, 2007, 07:37:13 AM »
Well, I've accepted the fact that I'm going to need a roommate in Hoboken and will probably wind up having to give up a lot of my furniture.  I'm starting to wonder if reduced tuition and a shorter commute is worth giving up my beautiful Brooklyn apt.  This is breaking my heart.  On that note, I'm seeing an apt. in Hoboken this weekend - does $950 a month to share a 2 bed/2 bath place sound like a good deal for the area?  I'm still in sticker shock - I thought I would save money by living in Jersey.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Living in New Jersey
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:18:54 PM »
"Sort of off-topic, but I've seen a lot of Rutgers-N people looking at private renting, does the school not offer residences at all? Are they poor quality? Or is it generally just wanting to be in a better location?"

Actually, when I visited, I met quite a few people who lived on campus or plan too.  I didn't tour them but I heard that the new student housing is "shockingly nice." 

I just feel slightly older than the average student.  I have my own apartment now, my own adult furniture, and just can't imagine going back to a suite with a kitchenette.  It is more important for me to be close to the city than campus.  It is definitley going to cost me to live in Hoboken or Jersey City but law school will be hard enough as is, I feel like I need some place nice to come home to.  I might regret spending the money later on, not too much I hope.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Rutgers-Newark Class of 2010
« on: April 24, 2007, 04:49:16 PM »
Well, I've already posted a bunch in the NJ threads but I want to do gov't work and the tuition and philosophy of Rutgers makes it a good fit for me.  Slightly non-trad, criminal justice and law enforcement work.

My biggest problem now is leaving Brooklyn for New Jersey.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Rutgers-Newark Class of 2010
« on: April 24, 2007, 11:33:47 AM »
You are quick!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Living in New Jersey
« on: April 24, 2007, 11:26:55 AM »
Not that I know of.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. John's
« on: April 24, 2007, 11:25:19 AM »
Not a word.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Living in New Jersey
« on: April 23, 2007, 09:45:20 AM »
In case anyone else is pondering the living situation there, I'll share my thoughts.  I drove around some potential living areas on Saturday and these were my impressions.

Driving through the Holland Tunnel sucks.  I'll definitley be sticking with public transportation next year.  That being said, Jersey City is basically right there when you exit the tunnel.  My favorite section was by the Grove Street stop.  It felt like a neighborhood in transition, lots of contruction going on.  I told myself that if I could find somewhere good to eat that it would be a good omen - and there was a handful of cafes to choose from.  There were some blocks that seemed a little  sketchy and some blocks that were tree lined and peaceful.  I know I'll need a roommate to afford this area.  The neighborhood around the Path train stop where all the high rises are seemed kind of lonely.  Just tall buildings. Then I went to the Journal Square area.  Wasn't thrilled.  I grew up in NYC and am not intimidated by urban areas, it just isn't the quiet enviornment I pictured returning home too after a stressfull day of school.  Then I visited the Ironbound section of Newark which I actually thought was quite cute and very lively.  It is also very affordable and near campus.  However, I don't think I'm quite ready yet to move that far into Jersey - my whole life is in the city and I think it is more important to me to be closer to NY than closer to campus.  I'll have to learn about this whole light rail thing.  I looked at the houses on Society Hill in Newark.  Did not like the vibe, all these identical townhouses in rows up on a hill.  I'm sure there was more to see but that was enough for one day.

I didn't visit Hoboken again - I've already been there and know it is nice and that I will need to find a roommate there as well. 

If you want to do public interest - go with the school that will give you the least debt and has the best loan repayment prgram.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers-Newark or Brooklyn PT?
« on: April 19, 2007, 08:23:54 PM »
Actually, I wondered that too.  I'm excited about Rutgers, I want to do gov't work and it feels like a good fit for me - I thought at first you were excited about Rutgers too but in the past posts you seem to be really hard on the school and your propects.  You make really strong statements along the lines of Rutgers graduates not even having a chance.  Of course, it is good to be realistic, but you should also be at least mildly optimistic about the school you are attending. 

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