chatterbox43 wrote:ok kids, calm down.
There are a lot of really great people at Cornell Law. They aren't always the loudest people, but they're there, definitely. I think most people find a group of friends they like, and get really close to. Honestly, there are very few people in the class I actively dislike, and those are easy to avoid.
I think the two biggest things to think about between GULC and Cornell are size and location. If you really need to be in a city to be happy, go GULC. Ithaca has stuff to do, believe it or not, but it's never going to compare to a real city, even DC. If you like the small town thing, go Cornell. If you want a small class, go Cornell -- there really are advantages to it, even if it sometimes feels like middle school. I feel like the profs actually knew who I was, like I could talk to the administration pretty easily. If you want a huge class, with the corresponding options that a big school will have (more classes, more clinics, etc.) go to GULC.
But either way, it'll be what you make of it. Really.
This is the best advice. Ithaca is both pretty and cold. Cornell is an interesting campus, and Cornell Law is a great school. Like any group of more than 100 people, you'll find a bunch of people you like, a few people you dislike, and people you don't really know.
Plus, as a Floridian myself, I can vouch for the fact that your first winter will likely be an experience, but if you pack warm (like I did), you'll be fine. I'd never seen snow before, and now it's really no thing. Wear long sleeved, thick clothing, live close to campus, and watch where you're walking (cold wet ground is something you only ignore until the first time you fall).
Don't let random internet exaggerations sway you one way or the other.