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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hofstra vs. NYLS?
« on: March 01, 2007, 07:43:54 PM »
To return back to your original question, I'd say go with Hofstra over NYLS. Up until a few years ago, Hofstra was T2, if I'm not mistaken, plus it seems pretty well respected in the Long Island legal scene. While I have no first-hand experience/information for NYLS, I have visited Hofstra (ok, took the LSAT there and a Kaplan Law School 101 class), and the facilities seemed decent. If your only 2 choices are Hofstra and NYLS, I'd go with Hofstra...
Rob

PS: I'm in pretty much the same boat as you... full free ride to any PT law school program I can get into (ok, so I pay income tax on any tuition costs over $5,250... better than laying out the $25K myself). Personally, I'm waiting to hear back from St John's as my first choice (the commute to Fordham or Brooklyn wasn't pratical 4 nights a week). So yeah, there are some non-trads on here that have different expectations than simply BIGLAW $160k/year...

Thanks for the defense there. Everyone's situation and goals and background are different. It looked like some of the aversive posters seem to think that everyone going to law school is 22, fresh out of UG, and just wants to make 160k a year, which even most NYU and Columbia grads wont be doing. Ever think maybe some of us might be genuinely interested in law, or education in general? Maybe a political analyst, war hero, or disabled Marine?

I thought by coming onto LSD a month ago or so that I would actually get to integrate with fellow students or applicants who might share a common level of humanity and maturity. Aside from a very small percentage of legit and reasonable posters, it's mostly the blind leading the blind.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: My first acceptance (Hofstra)
« on: February 27, 2007, 12:56:48 PM »
Just got my first acceptance also... Hofstra, 12k/yr PT. Filed my app LATE Dec, so I guess a 2 month turn around time isn't that bad. I just hope to hear back from St John's soon...
Congrats!
Rob

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: If you couldn't go to law school...
« on: February 21, 2007, 08:31:04 AM »
Seeing as I haven't recieved any sort of response to the two schools I applied to PT, I became worried about this very possibility a few weeks ago and started looking at my options. It seems like going for my masters would be the best option... I planned on going to law school PT, so getting my masters PT wouldn't change my academic commitment too much.
Gotta have a backup plan, just in case...
Rob

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Why am I a non-trad? Well, I failed out of college, not once but twice when I went there straight out of high school (1989-1991). Bounced around a few different jobs (everything from being a bank teller to door-to-door salesman to being a licensed stock broker) before landing a technician job with a major telecomm company. That company did a massive lay-off back in 2002... barely kept a job due to a clause in the union contract. It made me realize that:
A) I can't count on putting in my 30 years here and retiring with a pension like all the previous generations of phone company employees.
B) With just a high school diploma, there's no way I could replace the middle class income and benefits this job provides if they did lay me off.
So, I wound up going back to school in the evenings for the past 4 years. Pulled a 3.98 (too bad those grades from 15 years ago brings my LSAT GPA down to a 2.92) majoring in Industrial Labor Relations. I decided that the next step, to really be able to progress in my field, was to get my JD. Of course, the company's tuition assistance program has made all this possible, and after that lay-off, anyone here without enough seniority to be secure would be a fool not to take advantage of the company paying for college.
I work with ALOT of fools though... ;)
Anyhow, going to law school PT at the age of 35? Sounds pretty non-trad to me...
Rob

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hofstra Email
« on: February 08, 2007, 01:50:37 PM »
Delete your old posts and look at your other acceptacne letters... never hurts to keep your options open.
;)
Rob

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Law School Admissions / Re: Face-Painted Visit of Continued Interest
« on: February 08, 2007, 10:20:45 AM »
Only if you also rock one of those massive foam fingers with their name on it.  They're especially impressed if you can tear off your sports jacket and shirt like Hulk Hogan.

Want to really get their attention? Screw tearing off your sports jacket... instead, rip the admin officer's suit jacket off. Not only will they know that it hasn't been tampered with, but such a strong display of aggression and fearlessness is just the thing they're looking for when pitching their students to DA offices for internships. You'll knock 'em dead... guarenteed they'll stamp your application right there, with you in the office...
Right before they call the police...  :P
Rob

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Law School Admissions / Re: Updated Transcripts?
« on: February 07, 2007, 01:16:33 PM »
Does LSAC nail you for the $12 again if you send in an updated transcript? Not that $12 is anything significant, it's just the principle of the thing...
Rob

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Things Jersey is:
1. NYC's trash can
2. The Armpit of a Nation
3. A toilet for Canadian snow geese

Things Jersey is not:
1. Awesome
2. Good for your health
3. Among the top 49 states I think of when I ask myself where I want to live

Of course you forgot the BEST thing that's ever come out of New Jersey...

Jay & Silent Bob!

"I suggest you not underestimate the staggering drawing power of the Garden State..."
;)
Rob

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Not being a lawyer
« on: February 06, 2007, 01:33:18 PM »
<<SNIP>>
Law school is a very tough proposition, and you shouldn't go into it half-cocked. If you do, you'll likely end up performing unspectacularly and end up on the conveyer belt to perpetual BIGLAW associateship.

Wow... this is the first time I've ever heard anyone say something like "If you don't do well, you're going to get STUCK working BIGLAW." Just about everyone else I've heard said "If you don't do exceptionally well, there's NO CHANCE of getting a BIGLAW job."
So if I want to work BIGLAW, I have to do very well in school. If I don't want to work BIGLAW, I have to do pretty well in school or else I'll get stuck there. Sounds like, whatever my ambitions are, I better do pretty well in school...
;)
Rob

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Law School Admissions / Re: Hofstra - did anyone get this?
« on: February 05, 2007, 06:08:02 PM »
As an update, I recieved a call from the Director of Admission about 1/2 hour ago (8:30 pm) apologizing for the mistake and checking to make sure I recieved their apology error. It was a mistake, one that anyone could make, but at least they're doing right by apologizing for it and going the extra mile to do so...
Rob

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