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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: $30K at NYLS...worth it?
« on: March 10, 2008, 11:58:23 AM »
Top 15%?!? That's brutal.

Yeah... but that's law, sink or swim, right?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: $30K at NYLS...worth it?
« on: March 10, 2008, 11:57:46 AM »
Oh, I'm not taking it for granted at all.  It's just a prediction.  I understand your position, but without going into my situation and background, I know I'll bust my ass.  If you're curious, PM me and I'll clue you in.

i'm curious.

I just sent MahlerGrooves the long of it, and I was going to forward it, but it's not in my outbox for some reason.  I'll give you the short of it.  I have at least a dozen people (mostly family) close to me that are involved in law in some capacity- and every one is successful.  They all push me to do my best, and tell me the good and the bad about law school, so I know how to prepare, as well as having a backbone of support for any last minute questions:)

Also, looking at LSN, it appears that my life experience didn't count at all, but the fact of the matter is that I had some really difficult times trying to get a decent GPA.  Trying to pass classes like Fluid Mechanics or Optical Physics when you're on medicines that halve your thinking speed is incredibly difficult.  Luckily, I'm on medicine now that doesn't have that side effect.  I have no doubt that, if healthy and with a slightly easier major, I would have been sitting pretty.

As for my LSAT score, I wish it were better, but the fact of the matter is, as a working engineer, I'm not exposed to words as much as someone who got their BS in English or Poly Sci.  As an engineer, you're trained on visual cues- something that isn't measured at all on the test.  As long as I work hard and apply myself, I'm confident that things will turn out alright.  Nothing in life's a given, and I know that from experience- but I think that with some dedication, I should be able to do well.  Also, 60k for doing well is a might fine motivator haha :)

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: $30K at NYLS...worth it?
« on: March 10, 2008, 10:59:27 AM »

[...] while my (and I'm assuming your) scholarship is dependent on being in the top 15%, I think I can hold it [...]

This is not good logic.  Top 15% is tough for anyone anywhere.  Do not assume you can be in the top of your class.  Everyone will be working toward it, so there is no guarantee you will be on of the ones who will.

That being said, there is nothing wrong with busting your ass, working hard, and trying for it.  Just don't take it for granted.


Oh, I'm not taking it for granted at all.  It's just a prediction.  I understand your position, but without going into my situation and background, I know I'll bust my ass.  If you're curious, PM me and I'll clue you in.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Passsing off NYLS as NYU
« on: March 10, 2008, 10:05:22 AM »
lol...is Cooley allowed to make up rankings like that? Misleading people has to be illegal right?

oh, they're not made up.  they're based on 32 solid factors, like number of seats in the library and square footage of the law school.

Hey, thanks for the link.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: $30K at NYLS...worth it?
« on: March 10, 2008, 09:59:02 AM »
Just looking to get some feedback. I have been accepted to NYLS with a $30K scholarship, renewable each year with conditions of course, and am still waiting to hear from Fordham, Brooklyn, and Cardozo.  I don't think I will get much money from those three, since my LSAT was 162.  Any opinions on whether it would be better to pay a lot more if I got into one of the last three since their rep is better, or is NYLS a good deal with the scholarship?  There are so many different opinions about NYLS out there. 

I'm in the same boat as you... NYLS gave me that offer, and while my (and I'm assuming your) scholarship is dependent on being in the top 15%, I think I can hold it.  The new building looks incredible, the location is unbeatable, and if you are confident in your own abilities, I say go for it.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 160-164 Thread (give or take)
« on: December 27, 2007, 03:31:26 PM »
Thanks for this thread, OP... my idea of a perfect scenario is 1/2 of what other people on here expect.  I mean T2 instead of T1, partial scholarship instead of full ride, and decent job rather than a big-time one.  It almost makes me question what's important in life.  Almost.  ;)

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Law School Admissions / Re: Are my applications really that late?
« on: December 27, 2007, 02:58:52 PM »
Thanks for the responses.  I started to panic a little when, according to this board, it seems like I am way behind.

I know what you mean.  I begged my boss for months to get my LOR in, and it finally showed up a couple weeks ago.  Reading these boards can make you go crazy, but my theory is that these are the people that we'll be matched up in the classroom, and later the courtroom.  So it's ok to be intimidated, just keep reading and find your angle, I'm sure a few of your schools will work out just fine.

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Anyone thinking IP Law?
« on: December 17, 2007, 03:06:33 PM »

The IP people I work with say that firms were much more interested in their undergrad degree than their law degree.  (Most of them went to T4 with $$ because it just didn't matter.)

Really?  I'm looking at schools now and didn't think my Biomedical Engineering degree and science work background would help all that much, except for maybe in admissions.  Do you mind telling me a little more about your friends' experiences/situations?

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Law School Admissions / LOR Processing Time
« on: December 17, 2007, 02:43:44 PM »
I searched these forums, and I'm sure the question has been asked, but I was wondering how long LSACs processing time has been for people lately.  They received my 2nd LOR around last Wednesday... they don't say when they receive it, just when it's been all typed up and ready, right?

Sorry for the questions with obvious answers, I'm just itching for the next step, decision-time, and navigating LSACs site for answers is as frustrating as anything ???

Oh, and if there's another thread on this, point me to it and I'll delete this.  Thanks!
 

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cardozo 1L taking questions
« on: December 14, 2007, 01:55:57 PM »

On an unrelated note, I thought Id'd take this opportunity to toot Dozo's horn a bit. According to the below article, Cardozo had a 92% pass rate for the 2007 NY bar, which was the third highest rate in the state (behind only Columbia & NYU). For comparison's sake, Fordham's and Brooklyn's pass rates were 89% and 85% respectively. I know rates can fluctuate from year to year but it's still nice to know that Cardozo did so well!


Learned Hand, thanks for all the inside info.  I am keeping my fingers crossed for Dozo and am wondering more about the programs more than anything.  Do you have a concentration yet?  If not, do you have one mapped out?  I know some people are intrigued by their Sports/Entertainment management program.  I'm eying the IP program (I work in research now, Biomed Engineering UG Degree), and am interested in the Innocence Project.  Is it hard to get involved with the Innocence Project?

Thanks again.

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