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New York Law School

Postby rgucsb » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:36 am

I know it's rank is extremely low, but does anyone (specifically from the New York area) know more about this school?

Please spare me the elitism--The response I'm not looking for is "Retake the LSAT and get into Fordham". I'm more curious about New York Law School's reputation.

Thanks.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby D. H2Oman » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:37 am

Retake the LSAT and get into Fordham

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Re: New York Law School

Postby erniesto » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:42 am

I didn't read the OP, but the topic is just full of

LOLZ

I'm sure of it.

NYLS should be renamed the New York Douchebagery School

Google: Dean Matasar, I met the guy at an admitted students event. He wasn't aware there was an admitted students event.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby rupert.pupkin » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:57 am

Date: Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Subject: Letter from an '02 almunus

To: rmatasar@nyls.edu

Dear Mr. Matasar:

My name Is . I am a 2002 graduate of New York Law School, and I am admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey.

I am writing to encapsulate and memorialize my disappointment with both you and New York Law School in general. I'm terribly disappointed with how my legal "career" has played out in the seven years since I graduated, and I was shocked and outraged to hear that you concurrently serve as Dean of NYLS AND as Chairman of the Access Group (a CLEAR conflict of interest that should be addressed by the ABA and New York Bar Ethics Committee).

In short, my NYLS degree is not worth the incredibly high price tag that I paid for it, using student loan funds I obtained from your Access Group. I was unable to ever obtain a permanent legal job that would pay me enough to both service my student loan debt and put food on my table. This was not for lack of trying; I utilized Attorney Resume and paid top dollar to have my resume written and gain access to almost 1,000 law firms' contact information, only to be rejected by EVERY firm to which I sent my resume. (That's correct: almost 1,000 REJECTIONS - both affirmative rejections and "trashcan rejections," where they didn't write back. Not even ONE interview.)

I contacted the NYLS "Career Services Department" in 2003 (in quotes because it's not really a Career Services Department, but a farce). They apologized that I was having problems and directed me to a link on the NYLS website to TEMP AGENCIES, under the guise of "Legal Recruiters." "Lots of our graduates do Contract Attorney work to hold them over until they can find permanent employment," they said. Little did I know what "Contract Attorney" work entailed, how horribly and disrespectfully I'd be treated, and how I'd ruin even the slightest chance I'd have to secure a permanent job with the albatross of "Contract Attorney" on my resume. But this was supposed to "hold me over," as per your "Career Services" department's assertion.

Since I was desperately in need of income in order to eat and service my debt to your Access Group, I contacted the temp agencies and was soon put to work for approximately $30 an hour. The conditions were reminiscent of a Third World sweatshop; there were over 100 "attorneys" stuffed into a dingy, poorly ventilated basement that was infested with cockroaches! And there were an inordinate amount of NYLS graduates on this job; I don't have an exact number, but I would estimate at least 15 or so.

This project lasted approximately three months, at which point it ended and I registered with several other agencies. I quickly was placed on another project that was worse than the first one, at a very prestigious downtown firm. We were shoved into a sub-sub basement, surrounded by mountains of dusty and dirty boxes, and made to review the contents of these boxes. Now I have no aversion to getting my hands dirty, but this was ridiculous, given the abuse we sustained at the hands of our supervisors. I won't go into more detail, but it was a terrible experience. And, once again, there were and inordinate number of NYLS graduates working with me.

These temporary jobs continued for five years. For five years, I bounced from one temporary job to another, some lasting for a few weeks, some lasting almost a year. No opportunity for advancement, no respect, no benefits (or at least benefits that were too expensive for me to afford, given I was being soaked by the Access Group each month and had other bills to pay.) Then the economic crisis of 2008 happened.

I completed my last (and possibly worst) temporary project in November 2008. Since then, I have been unable to land another temporary project. That's right, Mr. Matasar: I have been unemployed for ONE YEAR!! For one year, I've been collecting unemployment benefits and struggling to make my student loan payments to your Access Group.

In the past year, I've been frantically trying to find work, to no avail. I've sent out hundreds of resumes, to no avail. I even have an interesting story for you:

A college friend of mine works for Cognizant, a mobile communications technology company. Upon hearing of my plight, he asked me to give him my resume so he could forward it to his friend in the legal department. I hesitatingly did so, knowing in my heart and mind that I would be quickly rejected and laughed at because of all the Contract Attorney experience listed on my resume. (It has been my experience that Contract Attorney experience is a quick way to get your resume thrown into the trash in record time. I've heard several interesting justifications for this, including that Contract Attorney experience is an indicator that the candidate "didn't really want a permanent position." Meanwhile, Contract Attorney work was the ONLY work I could get that would allow me to earn enough money to survive and pay my debt to THE ACCESS GROUP. Can you say CATCH-22, Mr. Matasar?)

My prediction came true: my friend called me a few days after forwarding my resume and told me his friend in the legal department determined that I "didn't have the skill set" they needed. My friend pressed him to define exactly what he meant by "skill set," and he said the following (my friend actually took notes):

1) New York Law School is a joke, a farce. They don't even consider NYLS graduates for attorney positions. He might be able to get me an interview for a paralegal position though, but it's a long shot. (Mr. Matasar. I AM A LICENSED ATTORNEY, NOT A PARALEGAL!! I SPENT OVER $140,000 TO OBTAIN MY J.D. FROM NYLS AND I'M ADMITTED TO PRACTICE IN TWO JURISDICTIONS!!)

2) Contract Attorney work is GARBAGE. It's document review and can be done by "monkeys." It's not substantive legal experience, and is indicative of my not wanting to get a permanent job. (Meantime, I couldn't get any other work, as I've said. My friend even told him this, but it went in one ear and out the other.)

3) There was no way my friend's friend could forward my resume to his superior without looking foolish and being repremanded for wasting his superior's time.

So, Mr. Matasar, there you have it. I spent top dollar, which I borrowed from your ACCESS GROUP, to get my J.D. from NYLS and pass two bar exams, only to be shunted aside, marginalized, and humiliated by the legal industry. I am on the verge of bankruptcy and as of next month, I will be unable to continue making payments on my ACCESS GROUP student loans. I plan on writing a letter when the next payment is due, explaining that I didn't get what I paid for and was mislead by NYLS's job statistics prior to enrolling (NYLS misleads potential students with employment numbers - you include temporary Contract Attorneys as being fully employed at large firms, which is not the whole truth), and I'm suspending my payments. I am prepared and willing to face the legal wrath that will occur when I default, and I see it as a golden opportunity for me to expose both NYLS's fraud and your unethical conflict of interest

I plan on expressing my outrage at your conflict of interest, namely that you are concurrently the Dean of New York Law School AND the chairman of the Access Group. You thus have a VESTED INTEREST in continuing to mislead NYLS students, convincing them to take on huge amounts of debt from your ACCESS GROUP, which means you personally reap a double benefit. It's not right, and it's not fair. I can't believe you think this conflict is acceptable. It's so wrong, so unethical, and it needs to be addressed on a much bigger level than this email.

Sincerely,

http://temporaryattorney.blogspot.com/2 ... eball.html

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Re: New York Law School

Postby TTH » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:16 am

Don't ask a bunch of 0Ls. Get the straight dope on NYLS directly from alumni over at JDUnderground.com

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Re: New York Law School

Postby JustDude » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:20 am

rgucsb wrote:I know it's rank is extremely low, but does anyone (specifically from the New York area) know more about this school?

Please spare me the elitism--The response I'm not looking for is "Retake the LSAT and get into Fordham". I'm more curious about New York Law School's reputation.

Thanks.


Since you dont want "Retake the LSAT and get into Fordham", and since that you dont want any negativity regarding this TTT school, I will say the follows:


Go for it buddy, follow your dreams. You can always move permanently to Korea to teach english.

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Re: New York Law School

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Re: New York Law School

Postby evilgenius » Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:50 am

Here's the deal (and i like to believe i'm not one of the more elitist TLSers):

NYLS has a poor rep in NYC. Not just because of it's low ranking. It's also one of the most expensive schools in the region, gives out very little aid, doesn't really have an area of strength, and has too much competition. I've posted in other threads about this, but within NYC, I'd honestly say that NYLS has the poorest rep. Even CUNY (though its ranked lower) beats it because of their strong public interest program, clinics, and cheap tuition.

If you're #'s aren't too high and you're interested in practicing in NYC, I wouldn't say apply to Fordham - I'd say apply to Hofstra, St. John's, CUNY, or Albany (not much better than NYLS, but places well in state gov't). Maybe even Touro - they don't have a good rep either, but if you get into NYLS you can probably get a full tuition scholly there (still don't know if its worth it)

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Re: New York Law School

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Re: New York Law School

Postby singingvontrapp » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:07 pm

What up UCSB! Representing.

Also, don't go to NYLS.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby hanabana » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:41 pm

I am not sure exactly how law schools are ranked, so is this at all possible?

New York Law School has a brand new building, which they started using in the fall of 2009. This new building is where all the classes are held, and the library is also in the new building. I believe they are also expanding, their entering class size is large in number, fall of 2009 they had over 700 1L's. (Not sure if this is good or bad...)
Would this by any chance significantly raise NYLS's ranking/reputation? I am making a decision between NYLS and Hofstra, and the new building at NYLS is just beautiful, and its location in Manhattan is tempting, so I am just curious what everyone thinks.

By the way, rgucsb, have you visited New York Law School yet? It would really help you in your decision-making process to personally check out the school and its surroundings. If you can speak to a student there or alumni, it would be helpful as well.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby newyorker88 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:41 pm

rgucsb wrote:I know it's rank is extremely low, but does anyone (specifically from the New York area) know more about this school?

Please spare me the elitism--The response I'm not looking for is "Retake the LSAT and get into Fordham". I'm more curious about New York Law School's reputation.

Thanks.


Judge Judy graduated from there

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Re: New York Law School

Postby reverendt » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:47 pm

From wiki
New York Law School has a 93.6% New York bar exam pass rate for first-time takers, which places the school in the top five schools in the state in bar passage rate along with Cornell, Columbia University, Cardozo, and NYU[

Interesting....

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Re: New York Law School

Postby erniesto » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:16 pm

New Building? Big deal.

TriBeCa neighborhood? So what. You're not rich, so you won't live there. It's pretty boring compared to other neighborhoods anyways.

Also, that's total BS or or outdated info (aka NYLS lies about everything) on the bar pass rate. As of 2009, NYLS barely cracks the top 10, is below Pace (TTTT) and below the state average (though only slightly)

Here are the real Bar passage rates:
1. Columbia: 97%
1. NYU: 97%
3. Cornell: 94%
4. St. John's: 92%
5. Cardozo: 91%
5. Fordham:91%
7. Brooklyn:90%
State AVG: 88%
8. Syracuse: 87%
9. Pace: 86%
10. NYLS: 84%

If you must go to NYC to practice law with NYLSs range, you'll be less worse off going to Brooklyn, Cardozo or St. John's. They're just as generous with scholarships and do not require you to be in the top 15% of your class to retain the full amount. You are much more likely to be able to practice in NYC going to any of these schools over NYLS.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby onthecusp » Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:40 am

hanabana wrote:I am not sure exactly how law schools are ranked, so is this at all possible?

New York Law School has a brand new building, which they started using in the fall of 2009. This new building is where all the classes are held, and the library is also in the new building. I believe they are also expanding, their entering class size is large in number, fall of 2009 they had over 700 1L's. (Not sure if this is good or bad...)
Would this by any chance significantly raise NYLS's ranking/reputation? I am making a decision between NYLS and Hofstra, and the new building at NYLS is just beautiful, and its location in Manhattan is tempting, so I am just curious what everyone thinks.

By the way, rgucsb, have you visited New York Law School yet? It would really help you in your decision-making process to personally check out the school and its surroundings. If you can speak to a student there or alumni, it would be helpful as well.


Go to Hofstra. Even if NYLS experienced a boost in their ranking (doesn't matter, they're still going to be a TTT/TTTT), their reputation precedes them.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby Grizz » Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:52 am

D. H2Oman wrote:Retake the LSAT and get into Fordham


It's not elitism. It's pro-jobs-ism.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby nealric » Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:37 am

I've said it before and I will say it again, NYLS is the worst value in legal education. The audacity of charging the 3rd highest tuition of any law school in the highest COL city in the country is mind-boggling.

Go to CUNY if Fordham won't take you.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby melanieB » Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:03 pm

I know a few ppl from NYLS. One person ended up getting a job as a DA in Brooklyn (very competitive) and the other two are doing private firms, but these are people who were at the top 10% of their classes and have very likable but assertive personalities. I know people think that personality cannot do much for your career, but trust me, especially if you have the right answers during interviews it can turn your world around in your favor.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby chicoalto0649 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:12 pm

How good is NYLS's international law program?

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Re: New York Law School

Postby Grizz » Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:40 pm

chicoalto0649 wrote:How good is NYLS's international law program?


lulz

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Re: New York Law School

Postby rgucsb » Tue May 25, 2010 5:42 pm

Reviving this old post, I had decided to attend NLYS until suddenly being accepted off the waitlist at Thomas Jefferson in San Digeo, now I have 3 days to decide.

Any thoughts?

COL and tuition is cheaper (37,000 vs. 45,000), but NYLS has their tuition locked and it stays the same all 3 years

I currently live in SoCal so the thought of spending 3 more years in a beach type environment sounds dreadful to me; counter to popular belief, there are some cali natives that despise the superficial cali lifestyle

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Re: New York Law School

Postby bk1 » Tue May 25, 2010 5:50 pm

rgucsb wrote:Reviving this old post, I had decided to attend NLYS until suddenly being accepted off the waitlist at Thomas Jefferson in San Digeo, now I have 3 days to decide.

Any thoughts?

COL and tuition is cheaper (37,000 vs. 45,000), but NYLS has their tuition locked and it stays the same all 3 years

I currently live in SoCal so the thought of spending 3 more years in a beach type environment sounds dreadful to me; counter to popular belief, there are some cali natives that despise the superficial cali lifestyle


So you're hoping that your Thomas Jefferson education is going to get you a job outside of San Diego?




































I really don't know what to say at this point.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby rgucsb » Tue May 25, 2010 5:54 pm

your an idiot, I understand that a TJLS degree will confine me to San Diego

My concern is about spending another 3 years of school in Cali, working there is a completely different story

I should have been more concise for you

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Re: New York Law School

Postby romothesavior » Tue May 25, 2010 5:56 pm

rgucsb wrote:Reviving this old post, I had decided to attend NLYS until suddenly being accepted off the waitlist at Thomas Jefferson in San Digeo, now I have 3 days to decide.

Any thoughts?

COL and tuition is cheaper (37,000 vs. 45,000), but NYLS has their tuition locked and it stays the same all 3 years

I currently live in SoCal so the thought of spending 3 more years in a beach type environment sounds dreadful to me; counter to popular belief, there are some cali natives that despise the superficial cali lifestyle


Neither. And don't worry about the superficial Cali lifestyle because you won't be able to afford it anyway.

And I'm not being facetious or snarky (okay, maybe a little snarky). But these are not law school options; they are an invitation for financial suicide.

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Re: New York Law School

Postby Danteshek » Tue May 25, 2010 5:58 pm

Stay where you are. There is no good reason to move to NY and subject yourself to hostility.




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