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NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby chasgoose » Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:32 pm

I sort of started this in the In at NYU 2015 thread, but I figured I would continue it here. Other NYU 1L's might chime in with advice of varying levels of helpfulness. Ask away...
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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby ahduth » Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:52 pm

How have the hurricanes affected your studies?

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby SuperCool23 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:59 pm

How's life in NYC? What other schools did you get accepted into?

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby spacepenguin » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:02 pm

chasgoose wrote:I sort of started this in the In at NYU 2015 thread, but I figured I would continue it here. Ask away...



How lame are you for starting an "ask a student" thread? We had a sweet thing going...

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby birdlaw117 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:21 pm

I'm willing to answer some questions. I'm very willing to answer this kind of question:
ahduth wrote:How have the hurricanes affected your studies?

Clearly it was the disaster of the century, so I didn't get any work done for months after that (or maybe that was choice?)

Also:
SuperCool23 wrote:How's life in NYC? What other schools did you get accepted into?

Life is always awesome in NYC. NYU was pretty much the only school that was dumb enough to take me. Pretty sure they're still regretting it.

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby ahduth » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:40 pm

How many of us are supposed to answer these questions?

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby Guchster » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:42 pm

ahduth wrote:How have the hurricanes affected your studies?



FINALLY, some good questions!

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby Guchster » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:45 pm

Given the anti-columbia vibe going here, would it be acceptable for me to answer NYU Qs as well? I don't know anything about it other then the fact that it is a state public school.

Also, if I'm looking to get a job post-grad, which law school has better employment opportunities?

Anything else one needs to konw?

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby Corwin » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:51 pm

Does it anger you that Pearson Hardman doesn't interview at your school?

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby Guchster » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:55 pm

How thick are Arthur MIller's eyebrows?

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby ahduth » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:44 pm

Guchster wrote:How thick are Arthur MIller's eyebrows?


Thick. And they're much darker than his hair, which is completely white. Pretty menacing in his three piece suit, until you realize you're supposed to argue, because it's law school.

He was easily my best prof.

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby Guchster » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:33 pm

ahduth wrote:
Guchster wrote:How thick are Arthur MIller's eyebrows?


Thick. And they're much darker than his hair, which is completely white. Pretty menacing in his three piece suit, until you realize you're supposed to argue, because it's law school.

He was easily my best prof.


Hmm... Besides his excellent professorship (and supplements) I'm sure this statement is qualified by his exquisite eyebrow situation.

Another question about NYU, did they finish construction yet of the playground across from vandy hall?

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby likemike » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:19 pm

What areas should I be looking in if I want to keep rent under $2000 a month? Would like to keep travel under 30 minutes ideally and be as safe as possible.

Thanks

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby chasgoose » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:27 pm

likemike wrote:What areas should I be looking in if I want to keep rent under $2000 a month? Would like to keep travel under 30 minutes ideally and be as safe as possible.

Thanks


I mean, you should be able to do that in the dorms, if you don't want to have to do an apartment search. I'm assuming you are looking for a studio for yourself, because if you get a roommate under $2000 a month is pretty easy. If you want the best combination of space and price, you should look in Brooklyn (particularly Fort Greene or Park Slope). If you stick near the DeKalb Ave., Atlantic/Pacific, or 7th Ave. stops on the B/D line you can get to school in 3 stops max on a train that usually takes 15-20 minutes.

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby likemike » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:36 pm

Thanks.

I have a long term gf who is coming with me. Not sure that she's too keen on dorm living again. Know anything about the family living rooms NYU offers? Quality? Worth it over finding my own place in terms of value?

Thanks again

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby chasgoose » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:44 pm

likemike wrote:Thanks.

I have a long term gf who is coming with me. Not sure that she's too keen on dorm living again. Know anything about the family living rooms NYU offers? Quality? Worth it over finding my own place in terms of value?

Thanks again


I think the shared dorms that NYU offers aren't that bad, people seem to like Mercer a lot. Also, it's not quite as dormy as D'ag tends to be. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that you would have to make your relationship more official (like domestic partnership or something) in order to qualify for family housing...

If you have another person living with you, I reiterate my neighborhood suggestion above. The Atlantic/Pacific stop has most lines stopping at it (2/3/4/5/B/D/N/Q/R) so your gf can get to various parts of the city for whatever she does while you are in law school.

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby ahduth » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:44 pm

Guchster wrote:Another question about NYU, did they finish construction yet of the playground across from vandy hall?


I don't think they're ever going to finish whatever they're doing over there. It's kind of like the big dig they're doing on 4th St.

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby ahduth » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:48 pm

chasgoose wrote:
likemike wrote:Thanks.

I have a long term gf who is coming with me. Not sure that she's too keen on dorm living again. Know anything about the family living rooms NYU offers? Quality? Worth it over finding my own place in terms of value?

Thanks again


I think the shared dorms that NYU offers aren't that bad, people seem to like Mercer a lot. Also, it's not quite as dormy as D'ag tends to be. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that you would have to make your relationship more official (like domestic partnership or something) in order to qualify for family housing...

If you have another person living with you, I reiterate my neighborhood suggestion above. The Atlantic/Pacific stop has most lines stopping at it (2/3/4/5/B/D/N/Q/R) so your gf can get to various parts of the city for whatever she does while you are in law school.


I can't comment on the dorms, but I pay 1700 for a 400 sq.ft. studio in the EV/LES. It's pretty nice though, with a real kitchen and a proper refrigerator and so forth. Housing was discussed for a bit here: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=167755#p4841970

If you want more room, you'll probably end up in Hoboken, Harlem or Brooklyn I'd guess.

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby birdlaw117 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:02 am

chasgoose wrote:
likemike wrote:Thanks.

I have a long term gf who is coming with me. Not sure that she's too keen on dorm living again. Know anything about the family living rooms NYU offers? Quality? Worth it over finding my own place in terms of value?

Thanks again


I think the shared dorms that NYU offers aren't that bad, people seem to like Mercer a lot. Also, it's not quite as dormy as D'ag tends to be. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that you would have to make your relationship more official (like domestic partnership or something) in order to qualify for family housing...

If you have another person living with you, I reiterate my neighborhood suggestion above. The Atlantic/Pacific stop has most lines stopping at it (2/3/4/5/B/D/N/Q/R) so your gf can get to various parts of the city for whatever she does while you are in law school.

Regarding the officialness of the relationship, it's actually very relaxed. I know someone right now who is living in Mercer with his girlfriend.

Also, the other thing to consider with your gf is that you want to be on a line that is convenient for both of you. The location of Mercer and D'Agostino aren't terrible for getting all over Manhattan, but there are better locations. I agree with chasgoose's neighborhood suggestions.

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby Regina217 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:12 am

Besides cost of living, anything you dislike about life in NYC? Do you ever get tired of the very urban setting?

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby ahduth » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:13 pm

Regina217 wrote:Besides cost of living, anything you dislike about life in NYC? Do you ever get tired of the very urban setting?


Seemed like some of the California people were maybe not primed for cold weather (not that the weather has been that cold), but that's hardly a deal-breaker.

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby snehpets » Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:29 pm

Did any of you have trouble getting an apartment, lease guarantor-wise? Maybe you were mostly from nyc already? Maybe your apartment just required extra deposits rather than a guarantor? My concern is that some of the apartments I've been looking at require a guarantor since I have basically no income, and some appear to limit the people they'll accept for this to nyc or the tri-state area. Because my parents live in the south, this is obviously a problem for me. Any insight any of you had in this area would be great.

(And before you suggest the dorm for my first year, I would love to do that but I have a pet I would rather not give up and am therefore looking off-campus, probably in the EV/LES.)

Speaking of the south, I told this older lady at my parents' church (when asked) that I would probably be going to school in nyc. When she asked what schools were there, I said NYU and Columbia.

Her: Oh, Columbia!
Me: (thinking this was a lay prestige kind of thing) Hah, I have a reasonably good chance of getting rejected there, so there's no guarantee I could even go there.
Her: I hope you get rejected! It's so liberal! Ugh!
Me: Uhmm... :shock:

No place like the Bible Belt... :roll:
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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby birdlaw117 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:57 pm

snehpets wrote:Did any of you have trouble getting an apartment, lease guarantor-wise? Maybe you were mostly from nyc already? Maybe your apartment just required extra deposits rather than a guarantor? My concern is that some of the apartments I've been looking at require a guarantor since I have basically no income, and some appear to limit the people they'll accept for this to nyc or the tri-state area. Because my parents live in Texas, this is obviously a problem for me. Any insight any of you had in this area would be great.

The first thing I would try is to negotiate with them by saying you can pay up front. This is really only the case if you plan on paying rent with loan money, however. But you could say that when you move in you can pay for the first 4 months immediately and a lot of places will accept that rather than a guarantor.

Beyond that you're kind of stuck if you don't have a roommate. It really isn't that hard to find a place where someone is looking for a roommate. In that case, your name probably wouldn't even be on the lease. Downside to that is you are subject to any quick decisions or whatever by your roommate. I don't know how to access it, but there is a NYU student apartment search thingy online where people frequently post apartments that are student-friendly. The other option is once you get your NYU email you can sign up for the law school exchange listserv called "Coases." There are frequent postings about people looking to sublease, etc. on there as well.

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby chasgoose » Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:45 pm

snehpets wrote:Did any of you have trouble getting an apartment, lease guarantor-wise? Maybe you were mostly from nyc already? Maybe your apartment just required extra deposits rather than a guarantor? My concern is that some of the apartments I've been looking at require a guarantor since I have basically no income, and some appear to limit the people they'll accept for this to nyc or the tri-state area. Because my parents live in Texas, this is obviously a problem for me. Any insight any of you had in this area would be great.

(And before you suggest the dorm for my first year, I would love to do that but I have a pet I would rather not give up and am therefore looking off-campus, probably in the EV/LES.)

Speaking of the south, I told this older lady at my parents' church (when asked) that I would probably be going to school in nyc. When she asked what schools were there, I said NYU and Columbia.

Her: Oh, Columbia!
Me: (thinking this was a lay prestige kind of thing) Hah, I have a reasonably good chance of getting rejected there, so there's no guarantee I could even go there.
Her: I hope you get rejected! It's so liberal! Ugh!
Me: Uhmm... :shock:

No place like the Bible Belt... :roll:


I did have some trouble with this, but typically most places have been OK with guarantors from out of the tri-state area. If your parents can loan you the money to put down a bigger deposit that could also help too.

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Re: NYU 1L Taking Questions

Postby ahduth » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:29 am

I handed over 8 grand to get my 1700/month apartment: first and last month's rent, one month security deposit, 3 thousand dollar broker's fee. Fun times.




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