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« on: April 12, 2007, 03:01:15 PM »
OVERALL: (371 cities)
MOST DANGEROUS 25:
1 St. Louis, MO
2 Detroit, MI
3 Flint, MI
4 Compton, CA
5 Camden, NJ
6 Birmingham, AL
7 Cleveland, OH
8 Oakland, CA
9 Youngstown, OH
10 Gary, IN
11 Richmond, CA
12 Baltimore, MD
13 Memphis, TN
14 Trenton, NJ
15 Richmond, VA
16 Kansas City, MO
17 Atlanta, GA
18 Cincinnati, OH
19 Washington, DC
20 North Charleston, SC
21 Reading, PA
22 Newark, NJ
23 Little Rock, AR
24 San Bernardino, CA
25 Orlando, FL
« on: April 12, 2007, 02:47:07 PM »
I'm probably attending ALS this fall (short an accept from St. John's or Wisconsin, which is unlikely I think), and have these thoughts:
I liked ALS very much upon my visit. It is expensive, but places very well in the immediate area. As for NYC, the Career Services reports that one-third of recent grads have been placed in the city. I also contacted various attorneys in NYC, and they all spoke very well of the school (note: these were folks that were ranked 20% or better, and many were on law review.) Only one regretted not going to LS in NYC, but still spoke highly of the program. It seems that the school is on an upswing, interms of reduced class size and increased bar passage rate.
I think it comes down to where you want to end up. If you like the NJ area and don't mind an extra yr in school, go to Seton Hall.
« on: April 12, 2007, 02:38:18 PM »
I was curious about Newark's murder rate versus total population, so I checked. It lists that there were 106 murders last year, with an estimated (2005) pop. of 280,666. That is remarkably high for a city of that size, however, it may be isolated to certain areas not near the law school.
« on: April 11, 2007, 03:11:12 PM »
I'm a 30 yr old male non-trad and I'd just like to add a couple of things. First, my first GPA from eight years ago was HORRIBLE, a 2.2. I re-entered school in 2004 for a 2nd bachelor's degree (30 cred. program), and have a 3.6. I was hoping that many of the schools I applied to would recognize the improvement and use the current GPA when looking at my application. Guess what? They didn't.
Most schools told me that they considered the 2nd BA as grad work, which is not bad per se, but did not overcome my weak undergrad years from a decade ago. FWIW, I also have a ton of WE and volunteering.
So in essence, I think that for an older student, it's all in the LSAT. I got into Albany because my score was within their median, and given that, they probably were somewhat willing to overlook my old GPA (although that factor ensured that I'd get NO scholarship money). Suffolk was a little less forgiving, and put me on the WL. Beyond that, rejected from Depaul, NYLS, Rutgers Newark, and on and on. Now, had my LSAT been a 160+, the afforementioned schools may have given me a chance. But that just reinforces my point. For an older student with a weak GPA from LOOONG AGO, it's all about those crucial five hours with the scantron sheet.
« on: April 11, 2007, 02:35:41 PM »
Well, I'm going to ALS, FWIW. I've talked to many attorneys in the NYC & Boston area (Martindale.com is the greatest, BTW), who all spoke well of their experience there, and said that they got into NYC just fine (top 15%). The cost does suck, but I'm working hard this summer to lower the amount of COL loans I need to take out.
« on: April 10, 2007, 02:53:18 PM »
I'm a big Suffolk booster...just talked to a partner at a large Boston firm the other day who says he's consistently impressed by Suffolk grads, far more than Northeastern grads, in fact. Brand new building, great moot court, great network. Anyone who tells you different either aren't from New England so they don't see it for themselves, or they can't get their tiny little heads out of the USNWR propoganda machine.
So in short, I vote Suffolk.
« on: April 10, 2007, 02:16:52 PM »
Also, think about cost...NYLS is 39K a year, and along with NYC COL, you're looking at a cool 180K in debt. It'd be one thing if the school was priced along the lines of, say, CUNY, which is around 15K/yr specifically so it can encourage its grads to go into Public Interest (and does very well in that regard, I might add).
Maybe I'm wrong, but at that price tag I wouldn't touch NYLS. I'm planning on going to Albany, which is almost the same amount of tuition, but with a waaay lower COL, not to mention that I think it's a much better school.
« on: April 09, 2007, 07:39:36 PM »
i find the degree of agonizing here bewildering. Northwestern is an exceptional school with insane-o job prospects all over the country. when you add that 1. he's unsure if he wants to be an attorney and 2. he get's to go to a T14 school for free, you should immediately suspect a he's been lobotomized if he elects HLS.
Insane-O. That's the word I was looking for. Exactly.
« on: April 09, 2007, 06:43:27 PM »
« on: April 09, 2007, 06:40:37 PM »
Well, sure, I'm not saying he's committed to law for the rest of his natural life, but even four or five years of 70 hours a week at a big firm is rather undesirable to someone who has no interest in doing that, don't you think?
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