lakerfanimal wrote:I haven't read all of the posts, but if someone hasn't brought it up already, the class size of each school is an area where there's a tangible difference between both schools; maybe you have a preference for small in which case Chicago would be good for you, and if you want a bigger class then Columbia would be good for you. Good luck choosing!
what do people find are the pluses/minuses of small v. large class sizes? also, does chicago have a smaller average course enrollment size (even though CLS has a comparable faculty ratio)?
Advantages (in my mind) of a large class size:
-More course offerings, journals and other activities. You have more people, so it's easier to form a critical mass for a student group, or to justify hiring a professor to teach a very specific area of law. To illustrate, I think Chicago has 3 journals, whereas Columbia has 8 or 9.
-You are constantly meeting new people throughout your three years - it doesn't get socially claustrophobic.
-Bigger alumni base in more places.
-No evidence to support this, but I imagine (slightly) more employers come to OCI - they can justify spending money to pick up one kid each year, but maybe not if they only get one every 2-3 years.
Advantages (in my mind) of a small class size:
-Smaller class sizes and more personal attention - there fewer students you don't have to work as hard to establish relationships with professors.
-You can feasibly know everyone in your class (unlike at a big school) - there's more of a "community" feel. That said, this can be positive or negative depending on whether you want everyone in your class knowing everything that's going on.
-There's probably a slight effect where smaller class size helps employment since kids from smaller schools are rarer.
That's what strikes me off the top of my head.