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when it comes to IP, what matters just a little more is being able to fit in IP and not so much as where you learned it at.

What does this mean, "being able to fin in IP?"


Choosing the Right Law School / Brooklyn Law School housing
« on: April 07, 2004, 11:05:02 AM »
I mailed my deposit for BLS today.  Thank to everyone for all the advice.  Anyone ever seen the inside of one of the school's apartments?  I'm on a merit scholorship and I'm from Atlanta so I'm thinking my chances of landing one of them for me and my wife are pretty good.  Hopefully.  It sure would make moving a hell of a lot easier than going through the brokers and classifieds and dealing with landlords.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NY Law school v. DePaul
« on: April 07, 2004, 11:01:06 AM »
No, I don't think it was called calientes.  I think it was actually called Burrito Bar or something like that.  I think it might be on Lafeyette, or perhaps W Broadway (or is it E Broadway, whatever), a few blocks down from Canal.  I'm from Atlanta so I'm not at all much familiar with the area.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Big Decision (CA vs NYC)
« on: April 06, 2004, 11:04:27 AM »
It just depends on where you want to work after school.  You could probably go back to California with an NYU degree, but I doubt that you could easily break into the east coast from Hastings.

Personally I would probably go with the cheaper school in your case.  Being free from loans means that your options are extremely more open come graduation.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NY Law school v. DePaul
« on: April 06, 2004, 11:01:33 AM »
I don't know anything about Depaul, but I really like NYLS.  I was ready to send my deposit to them last night, but I had a change of heart today and I think I'm going to go with Brooklyn.

NYLS seems to have some really good institutes.  Media Law is my thing, and they have the insititute for information law and policy and something they call the media center.  Together they have a very impressive array of courses.  There's also other institutes, check their website.  It's my understanding that any student can participate in them.

I would really like to go there, but there are too many things weighing in against it for me to do it.  The downsides  of NYLS are first of all, it's a 3 tier school.  How come it's been around for so long and yet hasn't broken in to the 2nd tier?  Next is their extremely high tuition.  Its going for $36480 next year.  Although this price will be frozen for the class throughout their 3 years, it's can't figure out why I would pay that much when Brooklyn is $4000 less.  Even though NYLS offered me $5000 more in scholorship money, it would still cost me about $2000 more in loans to go there.
The last factor came when I call the financial aid office this morning.  They were not very helpful in answering my questions.  I know they have a lot to do, but come on, don't try to get into an argument with me.  BLS has been very prompt in sending me tons of information, and NYLS has been the opposite.  It took three weeks after I was accepted for the financial aid app to arrive, I mailed it in immediately, and of course they could not give me any information today when I asked about the status of it.  I have to send my check this week, and I wanted to know exactly what kind of aid I would be receiving before committing.  BLS had all this done over a week ago.

I know I'm getting a little of topic here, so I'll stop.  Sorry I don't know anything about Depaul, but you should probably do the same thing and compare the two school's total tuition costs before committing to either.

Oh, and there's a great burrito place near NYLS that has a sunday brunch where you get tons of food + 4 drinks of the mimosa/blood mary/screwdriver type for about $11 bucks.  What a bargain. 


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Waiting for UGA?
« on: April 05, 2004, 11:16:13 AM »
By the way, I've UGA has officially waitlisted me.  Once again, I am 162/3.61.  I was kind of suprised by that, seeing how I've been red & black for the past 8 years. There's something shamefull about a public law school that won't admit it's own employees when they have decent numbers.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NY Law School?
« on: April 05, 2004, 11:07:25 AM »
There's also Williamsburg, which is in Brooklyn north of Brooklyn Heights and the Navy Yard.  Lots of young people seem to be moving there.  It would take a train transfer so a little bit longer to get into NYLS, but the L train goes straight over to Cardozo...

There's other neighborhoods as well, like Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill which aren't Brooklyn Heights but still really nice.

And there's Hoboken, NJ.  It's right across the river.  If you can find a place near the PATH train station then it might even be quicker, and perhaps cheaper, than living in Brooklyn. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Looking for Advice on NYC schools
« on: March 29, 2004, 11:41:45 AM »
I just spent a few days touring NY Law, Brooklyn, and Cardozo, but I'm still not sure where I should go.

NYLaw has offered me $15k and honors program deal that would put in automatically on the Law Review if I can place in the top %15 of the class.  They have a communication law program which seems really interesting.  The downside is that their tuition for next year is going to be $34k.  The upside of that is that it will not increase during the 3 years I'll be there.

Brooklyn has offered me $10k.  It's a higher ranked school, but it does not have a specific comm law program, although it does have enough comm law classes to get me excited.  I'm not sure what exactly the tuition is going to be, but if it's around $30k or 31k then the amount of money I'll be responsible for is going to be about the same as it would be for NYLaw. Plus I only need to get into the top %30 to keep my scholorship, and it could increase the better I do.

I would really like to go to Cardozo, but they have still not accepted me.  The communication law program there is very appealing.  When I visited they just told me that they were giving me a good look.  My GPA is higher than what they are accepting (3.61) but my LSAT is one point lower (162).

So any advice between NYLaw and Brooklyn?  I'm not really interested in working for a big firm, communication law could take me to one of them, into a media (tv, radio, publishing, internet, music) company, or into government or public interest work. What school will offer me the most options?  The amount of money I end up owing is a big factor mainly because the amount of money I make when I get out is not. 


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NY Law
« on: March 29, 2004, 11:17:37 AM »
I didn't make it to the open house, but I was able to attend an information session last monday.  I agree, they are nice.  The facilities are good, they aren't really posh or anything but who needs that?


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Waiting for UGA?
« on: March 12, 2004, 07:55:03 AM »
I applied to GA State, Brooklyn Law, Cardozo, NY Law, and Catholic.  I've been accepted into all except Cardozo, which along with UGA I'm still waiting for. I'm going after a Communication Law program, I graduated from UGA journalism and worked for one of the university's media departments for several years. 

Catholic, Cardozo, and NY Law all have Comm Law programs.  I like Cardozo's the most, but Catholic and NY Law have both offered a %50 scholorship, NY Law also tacked on an honors program with a guaranteed spot on the review.  Plus Catholic seems kind of conservative, my wife and I don't want to live in D.C., and I have to apply for the comm law program seperately so there's no guarantee I'll get into it. 

Right now I'm kind of leaning towards NY Law, even though they are 3rd tier.  The debt would be significantly smaller than it would be for Cardozo if they accept me with no money.  BUT if I can get into Georgia, the highest ranked school I applied to, then I'll really be struggling with my decision.  It's all kind of nerve-racking.


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