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General Board / Re: I love law school
« on: November 16, 2007, 02:07:15 PM »
I must say, its easy to stress yourself out. I am a 1L, but i think that the beginning of the semester was worse than right now. Right now I have a good jump on outlining, and feel pretty good - I think this first semester you really just adjust and get used to the work, it sucks, but its probably better than having a full time job.

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Transferring / Visiting Semester
« on: November 15, 2007, 10:48:15 AM »
Has anyone done/thought about doing a visiting semester at another school? Just wondering what reasons one would have for doing this, and how your home school felt about it?

Thanks

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General Board / Re: Taking time off
« on: November 14, 2007, 06:46:54 PM »
No, I've had these feelings for awhile. Exams aren't even stressing me out so much, and I don't think the work is all that bad either...there are just alot of other ideas I've always wanted to explore...unfortunately i realized it a bit late. Now I am getting worried that once I graduate I will move directly into a job and never have these opportunities again...

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General Board / Taking time off
« on: November 14, 2007, 05:08:19 PM »
So I started law school, and I seem to be doing all right in my classes. But I am starting to think that I may have jumped into this a little too quickly (right after undergrad)...there are still alot of things I would like to do...traveling, peace corps, etc...but now that I have started Law school I am not sure when to do this...

How do law schools feel about taking time off halfway through 1L? Should I wait till the end of the year?
Will taking time off now affect how prepared I am for th Bar?...Will employers be put off by my taking 6 months to 2 years off?

Any knowledge on this would be great...no one I talk to seems to have any ideas

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Law School Applications / Re: Transfer to YHS
« on: February 04, 2008, 10:20:14 PM »
agreed, the fact that you couldn't get into those schools to begin with means that you will be going to school with those of similar ability to you. it is very very difficult to place that high at such competitive schools. If you can pull the grades off you can probably transfer, but I wouldn't attend those schools for that purpose alone - don't go to those schools unless you would be happy graduating from them.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Buffalo...the temptation is there!
« on: February 04, 2008, 10:09:22 PM »
consider a few other things here...
yes, buffalo is a much cheaper school- but if you are looking to end up working in NYC - you should look into how many students from that school make it back down to the NYC market. I know there are some decent sized firms in buffalo. Another thing to consider is that buffalo does not give grades or rank students - which I am guessing makes it difficult to transfer if you dont like living in the snow belt.

The other schools mentioned...namely, st. johns, hofstra, and NYLS are not all equals in the NY job market. St. Johns is still respected a good deal more than either of the other schools. But you could make it work anywhere. I'd recomend looking into the financial aid/scholarship offers at the schools closer to the NY market- you may be surprised how affordable they become if the admissions office likes your lsat score. Also remember that a better market in NYC will lead to higher income to pay off the debt...but do beware, if you don't do well IN school, you will not get a great job.

in my opinion if you have the option you should always go to the highest ranked school you get into

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What about New York Law School?
« on: January 31, 2008, 05:39:05 PM »
lsat score and how well you do in law school aren't neccesarily two things that go hand in hand...I'm sure I had one of the lowest lsat scores of my entering class and I am currently way above the median in rankings. law school exams are a lot more than logic games

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What about New York Law School?
« on: January 29, 2008, 08:02:33 PM »
http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2007/12/new-york-law-sc.html

NY Law School - # 5 in the state, above St. Johns, Fordham, Pace, Brooklyn...etc.

check your info - st john's jumped them this  year.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What about New York Law School?
« on: January 29, 2008, 08:01:13 PM »
I have a friend at NYLS - the location is nice - but he is getting into a lot of debt and the job prospects aren't great. it is a stand-alone institution which means that they don't have great networking. however, they have an internal career fair which helps. however, the school is notorious for people not being able to get high-paying jobs in the area...and my friend also tells me that a lot of students drop out.

St. John's is the best prospect of all of those schools if you are going to be mediocre and try to get a job. But i do have friends at hofstra, who are doing all right...but they are on a journal with very high grades. the point: if you get into all those schools, go to St. John's and you have the best shot. If you go to any of the other one's you really need to stand out to get anywhere fast.

hope that helped

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Law School Rankings / Re: Schools That Produce The Top Lawyers in America
« on: January 24, 2008, 08:57:44 PM »
They don't even have the correct dean's name from my school...and they ranked us way too high.

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