« on: April 17, 2008, 10:52:17 AM »
I graduated from NYLS 7 years ago in the heart of its disaster years and I can tell you that all students from the Law Review top of the class to the bottom HATED the school. I was offered a full scholarship to Seton Hall and turned it down for a smaller scholarship to go to law school in Manhattan and NYLS at the time had a higher ranking .... HUGE MISTAKE!
The professors taught very poorly, a lot of professors with personality issues and inferiority complexes, incompetent suck ups who couldn't teach and forced a political agenda got promotions, you had to beg school administration to get credit for a legitimate internship ... it was awful
The first year the bar pass rate crashed along with the school's ranking... the school actually had the audacity to blame the students.... I had friends in that years graduating class who were very smart people and had actually been accepted at higher ranked schools but chose NYLS for larger scholarships were livid... The worked hard in school and studied very hard for the bar and got no where because of NYLS' failure to teach properly and they just couldn't believe that the school had the nerve to blame them.
What is worse is that NYLS NEVER regained its prior standing and made absolutely no effort to do so... If NYLS had kept its ranking today it would be in the top 100 which is what many firms require.... For those of us who chose the school due to its ranking at the time we felled ripped off. Sort of like paying for a Lexis and getting a beaten up, used lemon...Well when I enrolled at NYLS it was in the top 100.... NOT TRUE ANYMORE and there is no way to explain that to potential employers especially when you are in a pool with hundreds of other applicants who don't have to explain their law school....
If your LSATs are high enough try Brooklyn... I wish I had applied there... I thought that going to Brooklyn I wouldn't make the same contacts as Manhattan. Not True... I found out that Brooklyn Law students love their school and graduates actively recruit from their to many good firms... If you can get in I strongly recommend Brooklyn Law.
Have you been back there lately? Something tells me that the new facilities will have a ripple effect- better professors, better students. It seems to me that 90% of the complaints about the school revolve around the old building.