« on: May 03, 2005, 03:44:04 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...