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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Scholarship vs. ranking
« on: May 30, 2009, 02:14:17 PM »
Go with Rutgers... unlike your other options with scholarship money, 'in-state tuition' rates are not subject to maintaining a certain GPA or class rank.

Almost any T3 or T4 will kill to add your LSAT score to their numbers. No comment about whether that's where you want to go to law school, but yes you will have options if you want to pursue them...

A month away from being 38 and just finished my 2nd year of a 4 year PT program... the oldest person in my PT program was 49 the year I entered. Don't let age discourage you, but make sure you know why you want to go to law school before you sign on the dotted line for all that debt. It's not cheap, it's not easy, and it's not for everyone... if you can't answer the question "Why are you going to law school" with the answer "Because I want to be a lawyer", then you'd probably be better served someplace else. The field is overcrowded and far too many people find themselves in law school straight out of undergrad without a solid gameplan or reason for being there.
Good luck,

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NYLS OR HOFSTRA?
« on: May 28, 2009, 08:01:34 PM »
Neither one places any significant number of grads in BIGLaw, so you'll want to look at networking opportunities. If you're not interested in working on Long Island, chances are that NYLS may have more networking opp's in NYC than Hofstra. Check out what sort of clinical opportunities each school offers, as well as other chances to see faces and get names - externships, internships, public interest opps, etc...
If you're counting on BIGLaw, then you may want to reconsider your school options and what it would take to get into other, more competitive schools (e.g. big jump from Hofstra to Fordham)
Good luck,

i've been accepted to a few decent lower tier 1 southern schools. i want to be in the south for law school, but i'd like to live in NYC for my first few years practicing law.  i don't have to have a big law job. heck, i don't even need to make more than 50,000 a year (i will not be paying student loans).  i just want to start my career in new york and live there while i'm young!

i know none of these schools have a great future for big law jobs in new york.  but what about jobs at smaller, less reputable firms or other types of law?  are there any opportunities? 

You really need to re-examine your ideas about the cost of living in NYC and what sort of standard of living you're willing to accept as an attorney... you don't 'live' in NYC for less than $50,000/year. If you want to practice in NYC, and you're not looking for BIGLaw, then why aren't you looking at a NYC regional school? Who do you think has better connections and experience placing people in NYC jobs? If you were focused on BIGLaw, then you stand the best odds by going to the best school you can and placing as high as you can in your class. For non-BIGLaw positions, you want the local networking connections...
Good luck,

If the reason you're going PT in the evenings is because you have a FT job, then one of the drawbacks would be limited opportunities. I can't begin to tell you how many events I've had to miss out on, from guest speakers to workshops and club meetings, because I have to work during theday... or because the event was in the evening when I had class. Similarly, most clinics require a significant weekly time commitment and don't have evening or weekend hours... by default, you need to be available during the daytime to take advantage of them. Then theres's always the restriction on study time... your FT classmates don't have the same demands on their time, so in the competition for that final grade, they have an advantage that they probably capitalized on. And then there's the summer placement opportunities... kinda hard to get actual legal experience if you're working another job FT. Of course, all these reasons only apply if you're working a FT job...
On the plus side, well... you're probably not taking out loans to support yourself, so that lowers your debt. Your employer may have some tuition assistance program that can help as well.
Generally, there are no benefits to going PT evening over FT... but if your life requires you to work to pay bills/mortgage/etc... then PT evening is an option when the alternative is not going at all.
Good luck,

Current Law Students / Re: Anyone Use BarBri Outlines?
« on: May 18, 2009, 06:59:40 PM »
It served me as a good guide when I put together my outline, but I wouldn't rely on just that... it was more a way of making sure I didn't miss anythign or clearing up how things related to each other. Far too in-depth to serve as a real study-use outline...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn vs. St. John's
« on: May 14, 2009, 09:46:00 AM »
Has St. Johns picked a new dean yet?

They literally just finished the photo shoot for the announcement of the new dean about 10 minutes ago here in the Moot Court room. I don't know when they're going to make the public announcement, but yes... the school has picked it's new dean.

PS: Just checked my SJU email... about 45 minutes ago they sent out an email announcinged to the students that Professor Michael Simons will become the new dean of the law school effetcive July 1st. Acting Dean Andrew Simons will become Vice Dean Emiritus, reporting to the University Provost.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn vs. St. John's
« on: May 13, 2009, 08:08:13 PM »
No problem... take a look at your scholly letter. Is it one of the named scholly's that only require good standing or is it a 'generic' full scholly? There's a distinction between the two, but if something wasn't clearly communicated, it's easy enough to get a mixed message.
If it's a top 1/2 scholly, then the balance swings back slightly in BLS's favor b/c of their allowance for you to keep some of the scholly if you're in the top 65%.
Good luck,

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn vs. St. John's
« on: May 13, 2009, 07:00:53 PM »
Just replied to your pm...
But if your scholarship is 'good standing', then you've got one of the 'good' scholarships.

The regular scholarships require top 1/2 to maintain, but iirc 'Good Standing' means simply maintaing a 2.0 or better GPA... that's a scholarship you have to be an idiot to lose. On those terms, you're probably better off with the no-lose scholly @ SJU than the 50/50 @ BLS. That's not addressing any of the substantive or logistic considerations of why to choose 1 school over another... programs, clinics, extracurricular, job placement, commute, facilities, etc....
Weigh your other factors, but on the money, SJU has the clear advantage here. How much weight you give it is up to you.

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