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I go to Albany and like it very much.  Mind you, I'm interested in state govt work (DA's office).  I'd say the education you'll get is equivalent, and FWIW, I think they're both underrated schools.  If you can handle the increased COL and being in a wash of law students, go with Suffolk.  Students that do well at Suffolk generally get some private offers, and it does well in Rhode Island as well.  If you are interested in having great opportunities because you're in the only law school in the area, go with Albany. 

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Coming from RI, I can at least tell you that the area around RWU is beautiful.

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I would go with BU... It places well in NY and as the other posts state, being in the top half is not as easy as it sounds...  Also, check out the LRAP programs of each school.  I'll bet BUs is better.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Suffolk a tier 4?
« on: May 07, 2009, 11:20:55 PM »
I just can't believe that Suffolk seems like it would be that bad.  I am possibly going to move up in Boston and have heard of Suffolk.  I want to get into the best school I can.  I just worry that my undergrad GPA of 3.1 doesn't kill off my chances if I work hard on the LSAT. 

Can anyone tell me more about Suffolk and the other Mass schools?  I just have to consider all I can in them, being a 0L.  I decided I wanted to do law a month ago and still have a lot to learn.

It's not bad at all.  It's got a great faculty and places well regionally, which all non-T1s should do.  I think that the large PT program drags it down, but that's just my opinion.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Best T3 and T4 Law Schools
« on: May 07, 2009, 11:16:53 PM »
I go to Albany and FWIW, I think it's T3 status is due to location, which is ironic because that's also the school's greatest strength, being the only law school in the capitol of one of the most influential states (with one of the most influential courts) in the nation.  I'm having a great experience overall.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Suffolk a tier 4?
« on: May 03, 2009, 03:33:06 PM »
I was very surprised to see Suffolk drop a tier.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: any thoughts on Pepperdine?
« on: March 22, 2009, 11:13:18 PM »
I've heard that they ask you on the application about how you'll contribute to the Christian mission of the school. 

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FWIW, there's no difference in job prospects between Syracuse and Buffalo.  They're both regional schools.  Buffalo will land you way less debt, though, even with SU's scholarship offer.  I think you should visit both and decide as if the opportunities were equal.

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I interned for a summer at a large non-profit firm that is quite well known in NYC (e.g. it has many government contacts and gets sponsorship from a lot of BigLaw firms).  Throughout the summer program, brown bag lunches were held periodically to give the attorneys and directors of various units a chance to discuss life in the public sector. At one of these meetings, the director of the Litigation Unit said that positions in non-profit are very competitive because there aren't many to begin with, and specifically that a good GPA from a good law school is something they definitely take note of.

In general, I think a larger portion of graduates from top law schools end up in the private sector, but if they were to consider the public sector, their credentials would give them a leg up.

Agreed.  Sexy PI jobs are extremely competitive (especially in metro areas) and the employers do take a school's reputation into account.  I will say this:  if your class rank is good enough to get you into a big firm, and you still opt for PI, employers will take note of that as well.  But look at the staff attorneys for the ACLU, for example.  They all went to T1 (and in many cases, Top 14) schools.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Thoughts on Albany
« on: March 22, 2009, 11:04:33 PM »
Hi, I'm a 2L at Albany... any questions, please feel free to message me.

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