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I have limited computer knowledge and will be purchasing my first laptop within the next month for my 1L.  I like the idea that with MACS I'd be less inclined to catch a computer virus, yet I think that the PC would obviously be more compatible.  Any thoughts?

Any advantages/drawbacks for either for law students?

Best school in Chicago for trial advocacy, along with Kent.  Lots of alumni.  JMLS is pretty much the Chicago equivalent of what Suffolk is in boston, a good, regional school that happens to be the bottom feeder because of it's competition.  New York Law School suffers the same fate in Manhattan.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law 2010 thread
« on: June 21, 2007, 11:40:35 AM »
I found a studio apartment on the corner of Madison & robin for around $600 w/ heat.  It's tiny, but only about 1/3 mile from the law school.  I guess I'm just used to getting a bit more for my $$ as is the case in Providence.  I'm sure I'll find some thing better for next year...But yeah, I'm totally psyched to begin school.

Choosing the Right Law School / Albany Law 2010 thread
« on: June 07, 2007, 10:01:13 AM »
Any other folks starting their 1L at ALS this August?  Heard good things? Bad? How has the apartment hunt in the state capitol been for you?

Some thoughts on my end:

1.  The students I spoke to all said they had a good experience there, but didn't care for the administration.

2. I went to the school on Tuesday, and there were a lot of students there cramming for bar review.  All looked as though their heads were about to pop.

3.  the apartments around the law school area are inexpensive, but many are decrepit, esp. around Lark Street.

4.  You don't get to pick your section/professor for other schools do this?

5.  You seem to need to be in the top 20% at least to get a job in NYC.

6.  The school hosted Alan Dershowitz as well as Ralph Nader last year.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Retake a 169 for UPenn?
« on: May 29, 2007, 11:55:58 AM »
Well, June is a bit of an exaggeration of course, if you haven't heard anything past April you're very likely on a wait list. But I can't see why you'd commit to a lesser school before April if you believe you have a chance at Penn, which I'd say you certainly do. Only reason I could see to that is big $$$ from some decent school.

if i don't get into Penn i'm gonna go to temple or villanova b/c i wanna stay in the i guess it's fine to b on the waitlist and not commit to one of those schools since its not like i have to worry about moving to another place or anything by a certain date and needing to make a decision

You would probably get a free ride or close to it from both other schools.  There's also Rutgers Camden which is a mile from Philly.  You'll easily get $$$ from them.

I think that their general practice clinic is a great idea.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: John Marshall Job opportunities
« on: May 16, 2007, 01:14:45 PM »
I spoke today with a recent JM grad who works at a midsize Chicago firm as a lawyer where I intern.  He thinks that JM's rep has gone down over the past ten years and says that JM is harder and more competitive than the better Chicago schools (DePaul, Kent, NW...) because you need to be in the top 15% to land a decent job.  I too have been teetering between Chicago and California schools and he strongly recommends California, as does every other lawyer at the firm that I've talked to.  My only issue is that California would be way more expensive than Chicago.  But Chicago weather sucks 7 months out of the year so I dunno.

Eh,if you have to choose a 4th tier school I'd pick the one that doesn't have to compete w/T-14, T1, and T2 grads. If a state only has one school and it's a T3, it's probably easier to get a job out of that school than a T4 that competes w/a T2, and two T-14's.

Excellent point.  Albany is a great example.  Only law school in the state capitol of one of the largest economies in the US.  There is guarenteed work, and you have the first crack at it by being there.  Interestingly, i've seen there students even land some Summer associate slots at NYC biglaw.  Anyway, nice laid back lifestyle and super-low cost of living.  I was really tempted by some $$ they threw out.  While I passed on the school, I think it's a great example of a T3 that could put you into a really nice life.

Good to hear....I'm trying to decide between JM and ALS myself.  I don't consider USNWR when it comes to anything past the top 100, and JM ranks nationally in trial ad, int. prop, and legal writing.  Albany has the afforementioned advantages that you brought up.  So yes, it's a tough choice.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse or Suffolk
« on: May 15, 2007, 11:18:48 AM »
Thanks for the input guys. Does anyone know people at Suffolk that have had good/bad experiences with job hunting?

A partner at a big law firm in Boston recently told me that he has been consistently impressed with Suffolk grads.  The school is excellent.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: CUNY
« on: May 10, 2007, 10:35:16 AM »
I have a good friend at CUNY who loves it, wants to go into PI, and will be able to do so by only winding up 60-70K in debt (including COL)instead of 160K+, which is what might happen if you wind up at Pace, nothing against it.  Plus, Flushing's nice, diverse, and has great food.

Screw USNWR.  Go to CUNY.

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