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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Seton vs. St. Johns
« on: April 06, 2007, 11:06:25 AM »
One thing that SH has going for it, which may be relevant to your interests in government/public service, is an extremely high placment of students in judicial clerkships (something like 33%-35%).  This is partly due to the way NJ courts are set up-- I am not fully clear on this but it seems there are many more clerkship opportunities in NJ.  It's something to consider.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: fordham..denial.
« on: April 06, 2007, 06:22:32 AM »
I got dinged too, but then asked to be resonsidered for PT.  The problem is that my next best choice is the May start at Cardozo.  The clock is ticking.

I think the school is opened again today and tomorrow.  I'm taking a tour at 11am on Friday.  Right now, I'm leaning towards attending and starting in May (wow! that's soon).  It's between that and Brooklyn, Rutgers-N and Seton Hall.  Got dinged at Fordham but I asked to be reconsider for PT (May start is forcing my hand-- dont think I'll hear back in time).  That said, I am pretty excited about Cardozo-- got a good impression from meeting with admissions people (in efforts to get more $$$ and perhaps switch to sept start), impressed with renovations and general feel that the school is on the upswing.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: fordham vs. brooklyn ($$)
« on: April 03, 2007, 07:34:17 AM »
This a very helpful discussion.  I was dinged at Fordham but got in at Seton Hall ($$), Rutgers-N($ plus Jersey residence), Brooklyn (no money as yet) and Cardozo (May program, no money as yet).  I live in Hoboken and will be staying there for the duration of law school so the commute to Brooklyn is a serious negative with PATH to subway transfer.  Right now, I'm leaning toward Dozo.  Besides the lack of financial support, the May start is a bit sudden and daunting, but the fact that Dozo seems to be on the move (rankings, facilities) is tipping the scale in their favor. My focus has been on public interest law, but once I start, I really want to see what I find interesting and what I'm good at.  I certainly won't rule out working for a small firm (just no interest in "big law" no matter the paycheck).     

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Rutgers Newark ASD Review
« on: March 30, 2007, 01:23:53 PM »
I couldn't make the Seton Hall even so I am eagerly awaiting your post.  I'll be at the Merit Scholar thing tomorrow and will try to tour the campus.  We'll see...

Site Suggestions and Announcements / Re: Search function
« on: March 30, 2007, 01:19:48 PM »
I didnt visit for a few weeks and when I returned the seach function was gone:  :'(.  As far as I can tell, the google function at the opening page does not allow for the same funcionality such as sorting by date and only searching specific boards.  This makes me sad.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers - N vs. Miami vs St. Johns
« on: March 30, 2007, 01:10:20 PM »
I'm planning out a commute from downtown Brooklyn to Rutgers.  I like the school but I don't want to live in New Jersey.  The A to the path at WTC.  It should be an hour door to door.

Right now, I'm between R-N, SH and Brooklyn, waiting on word for May start at Cardozo.  I live in Hoboken in a housing set-up that I can't afford to quit, so if went to Brooklyn, I'd be doing the opposite-- Jersey to Brooklyn commute.  It's not ideal; the commute from Hoboken to R-N is really quite pleasant, quick and easy, but I don't know if I can give up Brooklyn.  Hmmm...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Seton Hall
« on: March 30, 2007, 11:54:40 AM »
Rutgers Newark is near the Newark-Broad Street station on NJ Transit (walking distance) but farther away from Newark-Penn Station.  Seton Hall is very close to Newark-Penn Station (a few blocks).  If you were going to Seton Hall from Queens, you would definately want to take NJTransit.  The PATH from 33rd St does not run direct to Newark (only from the World Trade Center), so you would have to transfer on the PATH in Jersey to get to the Newark stop.  That would be bad.  Not sure the exact price, but NJTransit does offer a monthly student pass. 

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Rutgers Newark ASD Review
« on: March 30, 2007, 07:01:15 AM »
I was there last night as well, and overall, I came away impressed with Rutgers.  I've lived in and around NYC for many years, so I wasn't expecting an urban paradise in Newark.  That said, the neighborhood where the law school is located is pretty nice, with the Newark Museum and a library close by, lots of old buildings, pizzerias etc.  I live in Hoboken and work in NYC, and, rushing from my job, I took the PATH to Hoboken then caught a NJTransit train from there to Broad St which is about five blocks from the campus.  If I enrolled at Rutgers, this would be my noraml commute and for that, it was great, riding on a comfortable train above ground, rather than being subterranean and overcrowded on the PATH or NY subway.  The train from Hobken to Broad street is less than 20 minutes.

The dean of the law school and the dean (bichoux?) were both warm and engaging.  The panel discussion was enlightening; they obviously made an effort to present a diverse group of alumni in terms of race, age, law school experience and current professional status.  I also spoke with the head of the career center.  She also seemed very warm and wanting to help.  Needless to say, the student guides had nothing but good things to say about the school.  One prospective student asked them to compare R-N to SH; our guide (seemed like a very smart guy, former Marine) made two points: Rugers was better for corporate law and public interest law; SH had a leg up in judicial clerkships.  Being in the military for several years after undergrad, he also felt that Rutgers was more open to older students where, at SH, the vibe is overwhelmingly young, ie straight out of undergrad.

I capped off the open house with a beer at McGoverns, the well-known law student watering hole just across the street.  Being a Brooklyn native and a somewhat reluctant Jersey resident, I am particulary attuned to the "Jersey" vibe (no offense jerseyites), and it was on display at McGoverns, but you could also see the diversity of the school there.  I hate to pin myself as a lush, but having a reliable Irish bar emeshed in campus life is a plus.

I am still undecided, between R-N, SH, Brooklyn (waiting on Cardozo), but Rutgers did not seem like a bad place to get an edumacation.

How do you know you were deferred?  I went complete on 1/30 but have yet to hear anything. 

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