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General Off-Topic Board / Reputation Rating
« on: May 04, 2005, 10:18:44 AM »
Maybe a stupid or obvious question, but where does the reputation rating come from on this message board?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hofstra vs Pace vs NYLaw
« on: May 03, 2005, 03:05:02 PM »
Yeah, Hofstra definitely does make you feel wanted.  I received calls, e-mails, scholarship money and a T-shirt! 

Sounds like you got the same vibe from Pace that I got....nothing bad to say, but still something missing....

I've heard mixed reviews about the area.  Some say areas of Hemstead are not that great, but I don't plan to be walking around late at night alone so that doesn't bother me much.  I've been looking for apartments to get ideas of rent b/c I wasn't impressed with the housing options and other students I spoke to told me to stay away from on campus housing.  I've driven in around the area, and it's not bad, but I think having a car is a big help.  Where are you from?

Pay it.  If you let them know in writing by June 1st that you will not be attending(I believe that is the date, might want to call and verify date or check website), then you get $250 back.  Not much, but better than nothing.

See you in the Fall if you do attend :-)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hofstra vs Pace vs NYLaw
« on: May 03, 2005, 02:44:04 PM »
I was in the same situation.  I got into all three, and NYLS did not impress me either, so it was down to Hofstra and Pace.  While I do not know much about the part time programs, it was a hard decision until I visited the two schools.  When I went to Pace admitted student's day, I was not impressed.  I enjoyed the mock class, and the professor was VERY good, but something (and I apologize for not being able to articulate it clearly) was missing.  I can't explain what it was, but I didn't connect for some reason.  I felt that if I ended up there, I could do fine, but I didn't necessarily WANT to go there.  Hofstra was a different story.  I felt very comfortable, the students were helpful and the faculty was impressive.  I felt like I could see myself spending three years there and doing well.  The visits are what made my choice for me.

On the other hand, Pace is coming up in the ranks, and my current boss, who works in Westchester, went there and did fine.  There are a lot of firms in Westchester (particularly White Plains) where a JD from Pace will help you, and the Courts are very close to the Pace campus.  If you want NYC work, of the two, I would say Hofstra would be the pick.  But I really would suggest visiting them.  I was at a loss until I visited them, then the choice was very easy.

Hope that helped...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Recommendation for 700m case
« on: May 02, 2005, 10:02:36 AM »
Off the topic slightly, but I am looking to purchase that laptop for school but am worried about the size.  I know it is light weight, but are the display and keyboard comfortable to use?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Obsessed with law school!
« on: April 29, 2005, 07:57:29 AM »
I must agree! Parents want you to apply to all the top name schools, regardless of what YOU know to be the reality of your situation, and you could never explain it to them.  Friends are happy for you, but don't understand half of what you are saying, just want to know the bottom line - where are you going and when. 

This site has been so helpful for me.  I just wish I had found it before I sent all my apps out.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In @ Howard
« on: April 29, 2005, 06:31:29 AM »
I know a lot of people would went to Howard and loved their experience.  I was accepted as well, but what turned me off was the acceptance package.  There was a misspelling in one of the documents, and they addressed me by my first name only....I know it sounds silly and minor, but compared to the packages and correspondences I received from other schools, it was a turn off....

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Anyone else really proud??
« on: April 29, 2005, 05:53:11 AM »
Where are you going?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What besides Courtroom Law?
« on: April 29, 2005, 05:44:56 AM »
There are way too many different factors involved to give any kind of decent answer to that question.  Location, firm size, market etc.  I currently work for a small law firm (3 attorneys) that specializes in Real Estate.  I LOVE the field, but the money from it can change.  Depends on the housing market, last year it was a great seller's market and we had lots of transactions going on and the firm did well.  This year has slowed down some (probably also due to the increasing interest rates).  On one hand, people will always be looking for houses to buy and people will always be selling their houses, but in a bad market, especially at a small firm, things can be rough.  On the other hand, there is a lot more to real estate law then just buying and selling homes.  There are property disputes, permits for construction, leases, co-op board and homeowner association representation, landlord/tenant issues etc. 

Hopefully some of that helped :-)

Incoming 1Ls / Hofstra Anyone?????
« on: April 26, 2005, 10:09:31 AM »
After MUCH deliberation, I have finally decided that I will be attending Hofstra in the Fall.  Anyone else out there heading to Long Island, NY?  It would be nice to talk with some people who will be there before the rigors of classes begin.    :)

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