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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New York Law School: Worth it?
« on: February 17, 2007, 11:38:42 AM »
I've applied to NYLS as a safety, and frankly, I hope to GOD I don't end up there.

A.) It's the bottom feeder of NYC

B.) It's 39K (!!!!!!!!!!) a year, and coupled with living expenses for three years in NYC, you're looking at at least 180K of debt.  Unacceptable.

I've also applied to John marshall in chicago, yet I'd rather go there based on the fact that the network is supposedly pretty good and they've got an amazing moot court team.

So there's my two cents, for what it's worth.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Which school? (Suffolk, NESL, or WNEC)
« on: February 17, 2007, 11:27:55 AM »
I live in New England, and would choose Suffolk over any of the other schools you've been accepted to.  As far as network goes, Suffolk is amazing in the RI/Mass area (certainly comparable and maybe even exceeding Northeastern or BU/BC, to a degree).  But outside of the region, you chances might not be so good right off the bat.

Frankly, I can't understand why Suffolk is ranked so low... many prominent judges and politicians in RI & Mass went to Suffolk (including RI's current Attorney Gen).  Most all of RI's General Assembly members are Suffolk grads.  Nothing against NESL, a school which some friends of mine have graduated from, but Suffolk is far better, hands down.

Plus, if you're interested in trial advocacy, Suffolk generally blows away the surrounding schools (including the BIG H) in the regional moot court competitions.  You'll never clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court, but if you want a solid education with good work prospects in New England, I'd def. choose Suffolk.

Hello.  I see that St. John's offers the option of acceptance in their PT program if rejected for FT (for some).  Does any of the other schools I've applied to also do this?

New York Law School
Rutgers Newark
Loyola Chicago
U Wisconsin (not sure if they have PT, actually)
John Marshall (Chicago)

Any info would be much appreciated.  Thanks.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School, 155 LSAT
« on: February 12, 2007, 11:11:21 AM »
Hey these are some great posts.  Thanks a lot.

Regarding Albany's LRPA program, the website states that grads working in the public sector (i.e. government, non-profit, etc...) can qualify for up to 10K a year loan forgiveness in the form of a check for the first three years of practice after graduation, provided you make under a certain amount.  I guess that means that at most, one can get a total of 30K back within the first three years of practice.  Now Albany's 32K a year, so figure at most 35K after books and fees, so 105K for the whole ride.  Now, I know that Albany's damn cheap to live in (I live in Providence, which is a tad more expensive but still reasonable), especially compared to NYC.  So it's attractive, especially since some of these posts say that Albany grads do indeed make it to NYC.

I see that Buffalo does rank in the Top 100, while Albany is a mid-to-high tier 3, but I don't think that the difference is that substantial at that point.  The proximity to state government/courts should make up for it.  Besides, couldn't it be that the only reason that Albany (& Syracuse, for that matter) is tier-3 is because EVERYONE wants to live in NYC, so it kinda pulls the more competitive applicants to schools like Brooklyn, St. John's and Rutgers Newark, to a degree?  I certainly could be mistaken but that's how I see it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Albany Law School, 155 LSAT
« on: February 07, 2007, 11:03:16 AM »
Hey, I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on Albany Law School, which I've applied to for the Fall 2007.  As I understand it, it's the oldest private law school in the U.S., with great trial and and clinical programs.  I'm also interested in their generous (at least I think so) LRA program, as well as the proximity to state courts/government.

Any insight into the quality of education there?  Also, how's the network into New York City?  As it stands, with a 155 LSAT, Albany and Suffolk are my safety schools, compared with St. John's, Rutgers Newark, Depaul, John Marshall, Loyola Chicago, and U. Wisconsin.  Thanks.

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