Ok sorry everyone, I've been setting up a visit to the University of Miami and out with some friends during spring break. I'll go ahead and do an overview of the pros and cons, if you want me to discuss further I can:
+People in Syracuse and at the University are extremely nice.
+Campus is beautiful
+Syracuse basketball is the shit
+Midterms (I like this because I can see the professors exam style before finals; you may not so this could be a con for some people)
+A decent amount of living options for off campus for a decent price and COL
+They're building an expensive new law school (won't happen till after we graduate though)
-Employment prospects are dismal, DISMAL. A random 2L talked to me and said NYC doesn't even bother with Syracuse and most interviews were local unless you were top 5%. This is a big issue he made it seem.
-The law building is old and unattractive and the facilities are average. There's a reason they're making a new one. The library was too small, nice but wayyyy too small.
-My official visit was very unprofessional and the staff tried their best, but it should have been run better. We were supposed to sit on a class, but I guess nobody realized it was midterms so we didn't get to do that.
-Financial aid poses no help and refused to up my 20k scholly and provided no good solution for debt repayment.
-Syracuse forces you to be in a study group during 1L
-It's COLD, REALLY COLD. If you're from FL your whole life like I am this is a huge negative.
-Price - this place is expensive to attend. The financial aid lady automatically went into discussing the 25 year option for paying off loans, essentially saying it's impossible for most students to pay the debt within 10 years.
-Did I mention it's cold? On top of that, the weather is so ugly most of the time it's so easy to get depressed from never seeing the sun. I felt depressed after 3 days of crappy weather.
- Not enough study space around the law school.
In short, this place is too expensive (even with my 20k/year) and the returns for the investment are not enough to actually attend this school. Pick somewhere else.