aherro88 wrote:I have been doing some research on NYLS considering right now it looks like my best option for practicing in NYC post-graduation. I like the school and living in NYC aspect, but the amount of loans needed to pay for it all is quite frightening.
I never imagined I'd be in this position since I have a 3.85 in the Honors Program at U. of Georgia in Finance and studied about 8 months for the LSAT including a Kaplan extreme course averaging about 162-167 on the my practice tests. Unfortunately, come test days I just couldn't focus on RC and long LRs well and got a 153 and a cancel.
I've been told to take a year off by several and to retake it next year because my prospects will likely be better, but the bottom line is I am ready and passionate to study law now and I feel like if I take a year or more off I may not wish to return to 3 more years of school.
It's a roller coaster of a ride right now considering I applied to 9 schools and I've gotten 2 acceptances and 7 waiting/hold lists (ranging from Stetson to UGA).
If anyone can provide some helpful advice, I would appreciate it.
If you are half as passionate about actually practicing law as you are about studying the law, then take a year off and re-take. Practicing law requires getting a job, and you are probably going to need a pretty good one to pay off loans from NYLS and three years of living in NYC with no income. If you really, really want to be a lawyer, don't do yourself a disservice.
Also, OP said he wouldn't touch CUNY with a ten-foot pole, and he is a NYLS student, so I would definitely would avoid CUNY.