I have chosen Hofstra over NYLS. Here is a copy of the letter that I sent to Dean Matasar of NYLS this morning concerning my trip to visit NYLS. I will give a description of Hofstra on a separate thread in the next day or two.
Dear Dean Matasar:
I visited New York this past Friday so that I could take a tour of New York Law School since I would have been attending the law school in the fall. My father and I stayed on Long Island with family and took the train into the city in the morning. The train departed around 9 am, and we arrived at Penn Station around 10:30. We thought we had left in plenty of time to arrive well before our 12pm tour began. However, my father and I are unfamiliar with the city, and we accidentally took the subway in the wrong direction. We ended up in the Bronx. We corrected our mistake by boarding the 1 train in the opposite direction and thought that we had plenty of time to get to the school on time. However, the subway ride took much longer than expected, and we were inevitably late. We tried to call the school to alert them to our impending tardiness, but we could not get reception for our cell phones while underground in the subway. When we finally arrived at the law school we were told that the tour had departed and that we could not join them. I kindly asked the administration if a police officer, security guard, or admissions officer could take us on an extremely abbreviated tour since we made the trip all the way from Virginia to New York. Our simple request was declined.
The overwhelming apathy of the administration toward our situation was utterly appalling and frankly quite sobering to how I could expect to be treated as a student. My father and I both took three days off of work and spent hundreds of dollars to make the trip up to New York only to be told we could not be accommodated. Surely an admissions officer could have taken ten minutes to oblige such a small request from an admitted student who had taken such severe measures to secure a simple tour of the law school. If this is how New York Law School’s administration treats its recruits, I cannot even fathom how it treats its students.
I could not reconcile spending almost $60,000 per year for three years (including the cost of living) at a school whose administration could not take ten minutes of their time to show me around after I made the trip all the way to New York from Virginia. I asked the desk clerk for a piece of paper and wrote a letter announcing my intention to withdraw from the law school. I do not understand how the school can put such little effort into recruiting and claim to be trying to establish a better reputation. I hope that this does not happen to anyone else in the future.