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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Pres. BUSH
« on: April 06, 2004, 08:20:28 AM »

Corey, the issue that you mentioned has been kicking around for a while.  I think the Court overturned the law allowing the drug tests mentioned in Furguson, but we probably haven't seen the last of this issue. 

I agree that it does become increasingly difficult for society to pass laws protecting a fetus from assault, or from substance abuse by the pregnant mother, while at the same time holding that a fetus is not a "person" with right for purposes of abortion.  You really can't have it both ways.  Can a mother be prosecuted for endangering the life of her unborn child, but not prosecuted for killing it outright? 

This is a shrewd move by President Bush and the GOP Congress.  They've framed this issue in terms of "Laci and Connor," when in reality it is only related to that case in a superficial way. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: $alary Range query
« on: April 06, 2004, 07:58:34 AM »
There's also a big difference between public and private sector. 

The median starting salary for government is around $45,000.  It's roughly the same whether you graduate from Yale or Albany Law School.

There's a huge salary gap between the schools when it comes to private sector employment though.  The median for Albany Law is $48,000, and their 75th percentile is $60,000.  Many 1st Tier schools are around $125,000 at the median. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much $ for living expenses?
« on: April 06, 2004, 07:31:50 AM »
I'm starting at Fordham Law School this fall.  I'll be living off-campus with my wife, so these numbers are for 2 people, but I've estimated the following for monthly expenses:

Rent:  $1600 (including utilities)

Food:  $400

Health insurance:  $300
(The school includes emergency insurance, but we may want better coverage; this figure is flexible).

Transportation:  $200

Misc. Living expenses:

Cable - $50
Road Runner - $45
Cell phones - $60
Other misc. living expenses:  $290

TOTAL:  $35,340 ($2945 * 12 months)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who found out over email?
« on: April 04, 2004, 01:27:15 PM »
I think that's a safe assumption.  I don't think any school will send you a rejection through email.  That's just wrong.  However, I've known people who didn't get an email but received their acceptances via snail mail. 

Actually, what's the worst is finding out that a decision has been made (through an online status check), and then waiting several days to a week before actually getting the letter.   

I differ with the majority opinion on this point:  I'd rather get any news, even bad news, as soon as possible, and thus I'd prefer all admissions decisions by e-mail.  To me, it doesn't hurt any worse opening a thin envelope than it does an e-mail. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any NY 1Ls up in this piece?
« on: April 03, 2004, 10:03:22 PM »
Considering that Cardozo was one point from the USSnooze top tier this year, and (according to Rob Schwartz) they've now moved up 33 slots since he arrived in 1996, it's basically a guarantee that they'll keep going up for the forseeable future, especially with the new physical renovations complete. They're clearly picking off a lot of the top students that Brooklyn and even Fordham would have had a few years ago, like me.   ;D

I talked to Rob Schwartz.  He seems like a good guy, and is doing great things for the school.  I can see them breaking into the 40's in the near future. 

Congrats, and good luck at Cardozo.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 2004 Stats for Acceptances and Rejections
« on: April 03, 2004, 10:02:43 AM »
Cornell just considers the highest LSAT as does UPenn, Northwestern and Georgetown. Personally I am hoping on getting in at Hastings because I really want to stay on the West Coast.

I was denied by Cornell, but accepted by Hastings.  Wouldn't it be great if we could swap?  I'm a New Yorker, and plan on staying on the East Coast.  In any case, I don't think you should turn down Cornell for Hastings, unless they give you a full ride.  Cornell is a "national" school that would serve you well even for West Coast employment. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any NY 1Ls up in this piece?
« on: April 03, 2004, 09:56:20 AM »

  I've heard lots of wonderful things about Cardozo... to tell you the truth the only negative thing i have heard is that they have a relatively small Alumni base, having been established in the late 70's....


Yeah, I agree that Cardozo is superior to Brooklyn.  I would predict that Cardozo will be a low-end 1st Tier within 5-10 years.  The 2005 U.S. News are just one indication that Cardozo is improving, and Brooklyn is slipping.  I'd personally rather live near Greenwich Village than in Brooklyn, if you can afford the rent. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any NY 1Ls up in this piece?
« on: April 03, 2004, 09:52:27 AM »
I'm most likely going to Fordham this fall. 

I live in Albany, and I've been to the law school once when I took the LSAT.  What do you think of it there?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Anyone heard from BC, Fordham, Penn?
« on: April 03, 2004, 09:49:51 AM »
Applied 11/30.  Was accepted to Fordham on 1/13, and rejected by BC in the first week of January. 

I have a 3.78/163.  Since BC is well known for being unpredictable when it comes to admissions, I don't know that you can infer very much from people's numbers and the decisions they received.  I noticed that there are people with numbers lower than mine getting accepted, and some with higher numbers getting wait-listed/denied. 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Fordham Waitlist
« on: April 03, 2004, 07:30:45 AM »
I was waitlisted with a 3.78/162/168.

I don't follow...was that a 3.78 in "television observation" or something?  one should have a fighting chance at Columbia or NYU with those numbers...definitely Boalt or Cornell
I totally agree, you must have filled out your app in crayon and spilled apple juice all over it not to get in with those numbers.

I think you're underestimating how hard it is to get into Columbia and NYU.  A 162/168 split does NOT give you much of a chance at those schools.  Their 25th-75th percentiles are 168-173, and yes, a few points can make a huge difference with thousands of applicants.  Even if you score in the 167-173 range, you're not guaranteed a spot by any means. 

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