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Albany Union / Re: Albany and presige
« on: March 22, 2009, 01:10:30 PM »

I am a 2L; it is a very good school but also very regional.  The job prospects upstate are great but downstate is very competitive.  Be in the top 10% (or better yet, ten students) to get a NYC job.  This is harder than you might think, given the curve. 

Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: July 28, 2008, 12:22:18 PM »
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.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: CUNY Queens College School of Law
« on: April 27, 2008, 04:43:55 PM »
CUNY is primarily a school for students wishing to pursue a career in public interest.  The tuition is very low, which helps make that possible.  My friend is very pleased there, but again, he has no interest in big firm work.  For PI, I think it's a good way to go.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: New England/ Western New England
« on: April 24, 2008, 01:41:17 PM »
At the same time, the grant does make a big difference.  COL in Springfield will be higher in Boston, no matter what COA says.  Debt is a huge handicap to doing what you want to do and being happy, so take that in mind.

Good Luck!

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: New England/ Western New England
« on: April 23, 2008, 03:05:37 PM »
Go for NESL, unless you desire to work in western mass/NY capitol reigon/vermont.  I'd rather live in Boston.  Plus, have you been to Springfield?

NYU without question.  If it was between Columbia and Cardozo/Brooklyn I's understand.  But you'll be just as well off, and if you're into govt., it's a complete no-brainer.  Good luck!!!

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Tier 3 rankings
« on: April 22, 2008, 02:42:19 PM »
And btw, I hadn't realized that Suffolk was SO far down in the t3 rankings.  Sheds a little more light on the Northeastern v. Suffolk discussion in my eyes. 

FWIW, I believe that Suffolk is a criminally underrated school.  Their grads are all over the area.  I think that problem is just that they have a lot of students and a night program, not to mention that they're in the shadow of three giants (and of course one mega-giant).  From what lawyers in Boston have said to me, they've been more impressed with Suffolk grads as of late than Northeastern.

Remember:  Anything past, like, the top 50, and you're at regional schools.  Visit them and pick the one that works best for you.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: New York Law School unfriendly?
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:28:14 PM »
I like Albany quite a bit, if it means anything.  I think it's just as good as Syracuse, if not better.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Rutgers Newark vs. St. John's
« on: April 05, 2008, 10:22:31 PM »

I'd like to point out that if PI work is the OP's goal...Newark probably has amazing opportunities, especially with Mayor Cory Booker, who is proving himself to be one of the most innovative mayors of what seemed like an utterly doomed city.  I didn't get into RN or St. John's, and while I'm very happy at Albany, I wish I could have gone to Rutgers.  However, in retrospect, I feel that I'm getting just as good if not a better legal education at Albany than I would at St. Johns, rank notwithstanding.

St. John's history is an interesting one, though.  The reason that Cuomo and Rangell went there way back when was that school's like Columbia and NYU weren't as apt to accept Jews, Italians, Catholics, or African-Americans as today.  So back then it was like an incubator for outstanding ethnic attorneys.  Howard certainly was like that decades ago.

Lower tuition + an amazing loan repayment program=advantage RN.  That is, if you're interested in PI like me.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Albany Law School
« on: April 05, 2008, 04:59:58 PM »
How does Albany compare to Pace and NYLS?  Basically the same??

Well I've never visited either one nor do I know anyone from those schools, so I really can't compare.  From what I understand Pace has an excellent Environmental Law Program.

I imagine that your opportunities for internships/jobs etc are better here because of its location in NY's capitol.  You also don't have the competition that students from NYC schools have to deal with.  If all you're concerned about is rank (and you should not be) they're the same.  But I'm very happy here.  The school has an impressive alumni list; two SCOTUS Justices, President McKinley, many NY State judges/politicians.  The current US Atty for the Southern District of NY is Albany. A higher % of District Attorneys in NY are from ALbany Law than any other school.

But remember, it's all what you make of it. 

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