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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Suffolk or Albany?
« on: April 02, 2007, 12:47:28 PM »
Good question...Obviously, it's a hunch, but Suffolk moved to T3 this year, and their LSAT median is up to 157, probably rising...Albany's bar passage rate went up to 80%, their student/faculty ratio is down to 14 to 1, and they cut their total class size down to 680 from over 800.  Maybe this is wishful thinking on my part, tho.

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Where should I go next fall? / Suffolk or Albany?
« on: April 02, 2007, 12:35:15 PM »
This is assuming I can get off the Suffolk waitlist...

Both are good schools that have a good network in their respective areas.  Both cost roughly the same (Albany 37K v. Suffolk 35K).  Both have great clinical programs, good moot court/trial ad programs.  Both are in the capitols of their respective states.  Both have offered me no $$$...  Both have a fair chance of reaching T2 within three years.

1.  Albany has a WAY lower COL than Boston, yet Suffolk is nearer to my hometown (Providence), should I choose to move back there at some point.

2. Albany's LRAP program is a bit more generous than Suffolk's.

3. Suffolk grads do excellent in RI (many judges, current AG, etc...)...wait, so does Albany...

Any thoughts?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: No news is good news?
« on: April 02, 2007, 12:28:42 PM »
As of April 1st, I've still yet to hear from Rutgers-N, John marshall, Wisconsin, St. John's, and NYLS.  Sent the apps in late January.

If I  got into Wisconsin it would be a dream come true...even being WL'd would be something to me.

So yes, for sanity's sake, I am regarding no news as potentially good news.

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imho,


I agree with the Depaul comment. I honestly believe they will see themselves as a t3 next year. They have absolutely nothing going for them.

Kent is on the rise (and will continue to be—incredible IP program) and Loyola is extremely well respected in Chicago. This is evident in their statistical increases.

A note on Kent, however… While I believe Loyola garners the most respect in Chicago, I think Kent will soon command a national light. Something to keep in mind when deciding.



I agree. a good friend of mine goes to Kent and LOVES it.

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The vast majority of attorneys I talk to state that after your first job or two in the region that you graduated from (assuming you didn't go to a T14), you're more or less geographically transferable...

This makes sense, since the lawyers that I've spoken to all work in the southern New England Area, and yet many went to schools as far away as Depaul, Case Western, Vermont, Albany, St. John's, etc.

Could this mean that as pre-One-L's we're whiping ourselves up into a frenzy that may or may not be justified?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Who's going to NYLS?
« on: March 28, 2007, 02:32:25 PM »
I've applied to NYLS but the price tag of about 40K plus the cost of living in NYC for three years turns me off.  I simply CANNOT afford to go 180K+ in debt.  Already looking at 150K for Albany.

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That's what Depaul GETS for bumping me! ;)

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iamasad: I think that the fact that ALS offered you 75K is pretty great...that's a lot more than Pace or Hofstra ponied up.  I think that all three of these schools are pretty much equivalent in rank, more or less, so I would go to (a) the area you like most, and (b) the school that's gonna be the best deal for you financially.

Or maybe I'm just bitter that ALS didn't offer me a dime and I'm freaking out about winding up 150K in the hole.  ;)

p.s.: I went to the ALS open house in March and career center said that they've been able to place about a third of recent grads in NYC.

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Kerry went to BC, Ron Wyden went to Oregon, Biden went to Syracse, Byrd went to American (while a Senator; JFK actually gave him his diploma because he spoke at the commencement)

Can't think of any others right now...

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Yes I am as horrified.

Oh and don't forget paying it over 30 years sounds great but then you're paying about... 250k or so for a 100k loan.

As I've learned more, I've grown first more apprehensive, then relieved.

It's not like you're locked into paying 2000 a month; hell, my first year or few out, I figure rather than living the big life, I'll treat it like I'm still a student and put as much as I can afford onto the loan. It will be tight (which is ok), but if I do that, it's entirely possible I will have paid off half the loan after year 2. Maybe that's being overly optimistic.

For BIGLAW it is a less scary proposition. I am not going to do BIGLAW, so it scares me more.

You're doing PI, right? I mean, I can understand it would be scary IF you get there and your school's like, oh, sorry, no LRAP for you... but isn't that kind of thing more or less guaranteed? Forgive me, I'm going to whore myself out when I graduate, so I'm unfamiliar with PI, LRAP, and the whole lot.

As I hear, NYU has a VERY generous LRAP program, as does Rutgers Newark.

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