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Will probably consider both schools, but I think soft factors such as experience and personal statement might make more of a difference than a couple spots of rank difference. Its hard to say that 1% is so much greater than 2. Not to mention, law schools are not ranked according to transfer students, so they are looking more for quality than quantity (lsat and gpa for regular admissions)

best of luck

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Seton Hall vs. Hofstra $$
« on: June 11, 2009, 11:04:46 PM »
The best question is what do you want to do and where do you want to work. I know you said new york, but would you consider working out in long island? Of course, Hofstra does place at firms in the city. Also, if you are already in debt from undergrad and taking out all loans, money would be more of a factor. Personally, i took the money over a higher ranked school and am happy that I will not be coming out of law school with as much debt.
Best of luck

p.s. don't you have to make a decision soon? or did you double deposit?

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General Board / Re: Dist. Court Law Clerk Taking Qs
« on: June 02, 2009, 09:22:57 PM »
when you say non-T14, can you get any more specific? I ask because I am at a school 80-100

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General Board / Re: Dist. Court Law Clerk Taking Qs
« on: June 02, 2009, 08:21:09 PM »
Grades? School? Legal Experience? Connections? Did you SA with a firm 2L summer, and if so do you think you will return there after the clerkship? Best advice to make yourself more attractive to judges? What district are you in, and how competitive do you think it was for you to get a clerkship? How many did you apply to, how many interviews, and how many offers? (although I'm guessing you accepted the first one you got) What were the interviews like?

Hopefully I didn't fire away too many, but any insight would be nice.

Thanks

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Transferring / Re: transferring issue
« on: June 01, 2009, 06:21:43 PM »
Schools do not like people transferring. Either out of concern for education/alumni and/or budget. The worse that they would do is try to maybe persuade you to stay, by maybe offering you a scholarship.

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I wasn't ignoring, I just didn't address that part. If a student works hard, studies, and participates in class, its very hard not to do well. It's only when one doesn't try his hardest, and then you only have yourself to blame. I'm sure there are the slim exceptions, but given the 3.0-3.2 curve at Hofstra, it should not be too difficult to stay above average. Also, scholarships are evaluated yearly, so if you mess up in a class first semester, you can bring up your gpa second semester. And if anything, making sure you keep your scholarship will motivate you.

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On that note, I'd recommend staying at Hofstra. You will have less debt and not have to spend the time commuting (not sure if you are living at home or if you have your own place out here). I think you will have the same opportunities available if you do well at either school. If you have any questions, feel free to ask

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First question, is what do you want to do after you graduate. Biglaw? Public Interest?
Second question, where do you want to work?
Third question, are you more interested in working your hardest or doing enough to get by and therefore keep your scholarship.

While Brooklyn does place better in biglaw than Hofstra, Hofstra does place in big law. Also, if you are interested in doing other things, you can have more options without having the extra debt to weigh you down.
As for having people you know at the school, I'm sure it is beneficial, but it is not essential to doing well. Although, I would recommend trying to make friends with a 2L that can help you. I had a few friends that I found went to the same undergrad as me and they were very helpful, including lending me supplements so i didn't have to spend the extra money on them.

Whatever choice you make, make sure you accept it without any regrets and work your hardest.

For full disclosure, I will be a 2L at Hofstra in the fall

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I really hope that the OP's confusion of the word "write" for the word "right" was done on purpose...

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Are study groups worth the trouble?
« on: May 27, 2009, 05:44:52 PM »
The lawyerly answer to that question is Yes and No. Yes in the sense that it can be beneficial to learn and review with other students, especially if you are able to explain concepts to others. No, in the sense that you will still have to do the same amount of studying that you would do without a study group. Well, maybe a little less, but I use study groups as a supplement to my studying. I also would come and go and wasn't forced to attend all the time, especially since there would be lots of time where we would go off on tangents. Another point, I definitely appreciated study groups when I wanted to take a break from rigorous self-study and interact with people.

Hope that helps

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