I spent the past few days reading over every single message on this thread. I'm a BLS graduate (long time ago, but still keep contacts thru current students/recent alums to know the latest news) - and there are a bit of remarks made that I would really love to address - albeit most were made many months ago when this thread was first created.
I'd first like to add that I am a little disappointed that at least 1 of you who attended the Admitted Students Reception on 3/28 was persuaded not to attend BLS because of the presentation (for the record, I was not there, I'm just reacting to the comment). After reading that, I feel compelled to actually volunteer to speak because I remember applying to Brooklyn and going to several of these events and wondering "why do they always have recent alums who are doing top Clerkships or working at (insert big prestigious firm here) and maybe a token public interest attorney on the panels?". I dont really know why that was, my guess is the Admissions Office or the Administration never reached out to solicit speakers from all ranges but here are my 2 cents.
I was bottom 1/2 at Bklyn, even came in off the waitlist. I bombed 1L but managed to get my GPA up to some respectable level in 2L and 3L. I lived at home so managed to graduate with little debt (~68K which also included an undergrad loan and a bar exam loan thro[size=50][/size]ugh AccessGroup). I commuted to Bklyn all 3 years on the "A" train since I lived in Queens. If I had to go back in time, (assuming same GPA/LSAT), I would still choose Brooklyn. Scholarship money is available EVEN as a 2L and 3L...so dont let the fact that you did not get any money as an incoming 1L turn you off.
I attribute my current success at work because of my BLS degree. The fact is that the Alumni network in NYC can NOT be beat. I have gotten interviews at places I would never have qualifed for just because I knew aalums at the firm. I have gotten