runthetrap wrote:wonderful - thanks for being here! i think we'll have more to ask you when we get our acceptance packages, but for starters: do you know anything about international students receiving financial aid? my understanding is that int'l students don't receive any, but i'd love to know if i'm mistaken.
how has 1L year been so far for you? what have been the best & worst parts about law school?
where do you live & what kind of housing (studio/double/triple & furnished vs unfurnished) and how do you like it?
i hope the class of 2017 is as chill as yours - i think the consensus was that the c/o 2016 was a win
To add onto ph:
I don't know about aid either (I'm an international student but didn't apply for it), even though I spent some time trying to find out. You'll have lots of time to get financial information to admissions if need be, so I would ask them directly after you have your admission letter
(They'll know the definitive answer, and the assorted information online is not easy to parse.) However, I can tell you that some of my other international friends (Canadians) have loans out, though that may be private loans or provincial student loans rather than financial aid.
Best has been everyone else at CLS. With rare exceptions, every single person is friendly and intelligent and I get to say hi to lots of people every day which is nice. Worst was finding out Jose Olivo deceived us.
I live on 115th, which is law school housing. It's a 3 person apartment, furnished. ~1300/month or something. I don't mind the furnished aspect, I was busy enough in the first few weeks getting other things and adjusting that I appreciated the convenience of not getting my own stuff, and I spend my study time in libraries now anyways. However, the beds are so so squeaky if you do anything but sleep on them. One of my roommates moved his mattress to the floor for this reason. I am very happy with my particular apartment. It's one of the largest, even for 3-person places, and is 30 seconds from the school.
Robert_Bert wrote:Question for current CLS students: what percentage of 1Ls live close/on campus? Would you say living nearby is "important"? Trying to decide whether to move to Morningside or stay in my current apt in manhattan with about a 40 min commute to campus. Pretty torn. Thanks!
Tekrul commutes from NJ, so he'll be better at answering this, but I would really hate living that far. Lots of events and club meetings, especially at the start of the year, happen near or on campus, or at least start there. It lets you go see friends, or go to the school, or leave things in your apartment (or at school) without it being a hassle. At the very least, you are cutting into your usable time with a 80 minute daily commute. Unless money is an issue (and even then, balance it against the possible effect on connections and grades), I would live in Morningside. Absolutely put the application in, as ph suggests
I have no hard numbers, but it seems like 80% or more of the 1L class lives near the school. It might be that I don't meet people who live further, but it's a majority for sure. In 2L and 3L you'll see more students move to other neighborhoods.