« on: March 20, 2006, 08:35:17 PM »
Difficulty of the school? haha, you are going to hate this answer but it really depends on the prof. My first year property class was hard as hell. I got a 38 on the final, and that was a C+ (my lowest grade). I think a 50 was an A. I thought criminal law was easy, i got an A (170-something/200 possible points), but I also went to John Jay College of Criminal Justice for undergrad. so a lot of it was a review. If i had to put a number on it - difficulty i would have to say its about an 8. Law school is going to be hard no matter where you go. One of my best friends is a 2L at Fordham Law and we learn the same EXACT things, same type of tests (essays), etc.
The 2.0 should not be a problem to maintain - the first year curve is a 2.5 (pretty harsh).
No, albany gave me no $$$, so im going to have to pay back about 120Gs in loans when I graduate. Thank god my undergrad loans are only 10Gs.
Similar situation as you? I had a decent GPA(3.5), but a not so decent LSAT(153), so my options were pretty limited. I was accepted to quinnipiac, syracuse, albany, touro, and pace. I chose albany because, contrary to what a lot of people think on these boards, most places dont place that much weight on the rankings. They place weight on names, like Yale, harvard, chicago, nyu - ya know, the best schools. So while, syracuse and buffalo are ranked higher, to firms in NYC, we are all the same.
Just tossin this out there, but once you get to law school, the rankings thing goes out the window. nobody cares. were not at harvard and we know it.
And to just rebut what a 3L told you about the quality of the students, i'd take that with a grain of salt. (you also cant take what 1Ls say cause they have NO idea what the hell they are doing) My first year summer job was at DA's office near NYC. I was one of about 20 interns from just about every law school in NYC from NYU to CUNY. we all had no idea what were doing. we all were lost as to what to research, how to do it, and how to write it up. so to say that albany law is full of less-than-smart people, is somewhat of a misguided statement. or maybe its just that all law schools are filled with less-than-smart people, and as a 3L at albany, not attending law school anywhere else, he had no way to compare his experience with anything else.
I think perhaps he was alluding to the fact that people at albany law are laid back in class. Of course, this is not to be confused with exam time, when it all hits the fan, and people would stab you for an A.