Got my apt!!! I'm moving in August 1st. I'm located on Madison Avenue- the brownstone apt's. Did you all find your apt's? I saw some really horrible places.
Hey, I just finished 1L at ALS. congrats on your apt, I lived in a brownstone on Madison during my first year as well. I walked to school most of the time, you'll like it.
I read the past posts and for what it's worth, I think that the advice you've gotten thusfar is dead on. Albany is, and will probably always be, a solid regional school with good NYS contacts. And yes, be high in your class rank for NYC opportunities. This is also true for SUNY Buffalo, Syracuse, Pace, etc... The Dean's goal, I think, is to get so many out-of-state students enrolled that over time it will increase the school's reputation nationally and raise our rankings. That's one factor, anyway. But remember, anything out of the top 40 schools and you're basically regional and parochial, save excellent grades (which, on a curve, are not as easy to get as they were in undergrad).
Also, try to get into work-study second semester if you can. With COL, you're gonna be looking at over 160K in debt, minus any scholarship that you may already have. I wouldn't bank on a transfer; they're harder to get than you think. One student in my class is moving over to Villanova, but it's because he's from there and wants to work in PA. Another is considering St. John's purely becuase it's closer to Long Island, which again, is where he's from and wants to work. See what I mean about regional?
As for the 1L profs, Lytton is amazing for Torts but his exam is very tough. Moore is great all-around, and Brescia is excellent for Property. Lawyering will be a crapshoot, but I had Mann and she was fine. Contracts, you should go for Deutsch; he's socratic and scary but it will force you to be prepared. For Con Law, I was very lucky to have Clark; he's brilliant, but be warned, his exam is open book, which means that it's actually tougher to get all the info in becuase he expects you to know exactly where to flip to. Closed book exams are more forgiving, IMO.
Hope this helps, and feel free to contact me with any questions.