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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School
« on: May 01, 2005, 09:14:39 AM »
No you won't be phased by the areas the neighborhoods in Albany.  I don't mean to give the impression that the city is dangerous or scary at all.  I really like Albany.  I am just going for a place a little outside because I am used to suburban life and that is where I am most comfortable.  I can be a scardy cat when I have my own place so I had certain criteria I was looking for that is personal to me. 

Bottom line is that I am sure you will like Albany and the location is great for its proximity to major cities and scenic parts of the North east.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany or Syracuse
« on: May 01, 2005, 06:26:46 AM »
Hey bdc-

I am going next weekend and I am not sure if there is a visitor's day then because they only posted April dates on the website.  I sent an email to inquire about staying at a hotel.  It seems to me they should provide a intro session etc.  I know I won't be able to sit in on a class because it is probably exam time now.  That is why it sucks to get accepted late because I would have really like to attend one of those visitor days that you attended.

I originally planned to go to Boston because it is where I was born and I did one year of undergrad at Northeastern. (Northeastern dinged me!) I love that city but the cost of living truly is astronomical.  I have been thinking that a city like Syracuse or Albany would not be so bad if I had to live there a few years in the beginning of my career to get out of debt. Boston would be great but it I might move there later when I am making bigger bucks.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School
« on: May 01, 2005, 06:17:27 AM »
When I mentioned 10 minutes I meant by car. Sorry I didn't clarify that. The areas right outside Albany definitely gave me a safer feeling.  It is pretty easy to wander in and out of less safe neighborhoods in Albany least that was my experience.  Everyone has a different idea of what is acceptable for them.  As a woman living alone, security is the number one priority for me.  The areas around Albany are a little rural but very pretty and I like the idea that my place will be quiet when I want to study.

RentersGuide Albany is very useful, I picked up a paper copy at a grocery store when I visited and that is eventually where I found my place.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School
« on: April 30, 2005, 06:50:59 PM »
Ooops!  I just realized it was mpfg who asked me about the apartments not CC Lemon.  Sorry!!!!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany Law School
« on: April 30, 2005, 06:47:30 PM »
Hey CC Lemo,

My parents came to Albany with me and we went to the whole accepted students day and then we drove alllllll over Albany looking for adequate apartments that I would feel good living in alone. We drove for 3 hours (because we didn't really know where to look) around Albany.  There is this some dorm style apartments close to campus but these don't appeal to me personally because I want to live by myself and I don't want to risk getting a roomate who will make my life difficult.  I have been out of University for 3 years and I don't think I can go back to the whole dorm thang.......
Also, I didn't see any apartments right around the school that I would want to live in.  I was hoping to get an apartment in a building not a house. 

By now you are seeing how picky I am.  ::)

So we finally realized that there are lots of smaller towns all around Albany with nice apartment complexes.  The commute is not bad from some of these areas such as Guilderland and East Greenbush.  As far as price goes - you can honestly find an apartment in Albany from $450 to $1000 per month based on your budget and standards.  I found a nice new complex 10 minutes from campus. I am happy with it and set to move to Albany.  I just have to see Syracuse and make sure there is nothing pulling me there instead. 

Hope that helps.  It will be nice to know someone ahead of time too! 

Incoming 1Ls / Intellectual Property Law
« on: April 30, 2005, 06:27:07 PM »
Is it absolutely imperative to have a science or engineering background to get into intellectual property law?  Just curious to hear from anyone with knowledge on the subject.

The reason I ask is that I was told the crime is bad there and there aren't too many nice neighborhoods.  It was probably just exaggerated...... Sounds alright to me.  Did you get a sense of the housing in the area?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany or Syracuse
« on: April 30, 2005, 06:14:23 PM »
You are funny bdc.

But seriously... I know location is definitely not the most important factor but I have to take into consideration my quality of life wherever I go too.  You definitely answered my question about why you applied in New York state.  I just figured a person who was from California would want to practice in California. 

That little bar sounds good.........when did you visit?

Hey there,

I am considering Syracuse too and I am visiting next week.  Can you tell me about the city of Syracuse?  I have heard mixed things about it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Albany or Syracuse
« on: April 30, 2005, 02:07:34 PM »
Wow Tis Another Day!!!! That is so funny that you got your acceptance to Syracuse while we are discussing all of this.  Congratulations and I hope this doesn't confuse you like me!

BDC - I really appreciate your input and I think we are on the same page about not wanting to work in upstate New York.  What is making you come all this way from Cali? 

I am heading to Syracuse next week so I will definitely provide a detailed report.

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