im not even looking at cuny.
i see.. i never heard of the "document checker" way of hiring people in a firm but not really..
what about competition in government or non profit employment? Such as government regulatory agencie or district attornys offices? those are areas you might get more time actually practicing, but with a probably third less salary.. any opinions there?
i still get the point of the matter...nyls definently a last choice for nyc - but still a viable option.
No, you don't get it. It isn't a "viable option" for the goals of most people. It isn't a good school, it is incredibly expensive, and the job prospects are terrible unless you already have connections before you go to school, which helps to skew their job placement ratings to make them appear better then it seems. It is a viable option if your goals are extremely, extremely modest (i.e. insurance defense or document review).
Your GPA is low, but not terrible. Try really hard to get it to a 3.0, and score a high 150s/low 160s on the LSAT. That will open up viable options. University of Miami is a more viable option for New York City firm jobs than NYLS (thanks to the Miami-New York connection), and a 3.0/160 can get you in, possibly with some merit money.
For the love of god, listen to this quoted reply. NYLS is NOT a viable option...getting a job in NYC period is near impossible from this school. Even seton hall and Rutgers offers better NYC opportunity overall than NYLS simply because they are superior schools.
Someone here made a perfect hierarchical flow explaining how competitive NYC is how NYLS is at the bottom of the list.
My housemate is at NYLS right now. He's a brilliant guy who's in a similar boat as you: wanting to practice in New York and not terrifically concerned with school as much as the degree. Saying that, he works relentlessly. It's a tough school, as are most, but it's worth the reward of being in NYC and the huge amount of firm jobs available here. You will have some difficulty beating out the NYU/Columbia kids for some of the more "choice" jobs, but if you work hard and have good grades and lead your class, you should be fine and dandy in the city. Good luck.