Yes, I'm going to try to visit all of them. I was thinking about not going to Duke this weekend for admitted students days, but this forum is starting to change my mind. I'll have to read up on how to negotiate scholarships, I have no idea who to talk to about that.
Yes, I would complete the JD/ LLM in three years. However, I would have to start this June which would mean no time to rest or prepare for law school since I've committed to working at my current job until June. Does an LLM degree really have additonal value, however? I've heard from some people that unless you're going into academia it doesnt make much of a difference.
@ Samara which schools do you think are the best for public international law?
I'm no expert on international law, but I've heard that both international law and academia largely follow the biglaw hierarchy, with YH being easily the strongest. NYU and Berkeley probably place above their rankings for int'l law, because of their PI focus. I haven't seen any hard data though. I have also heard that the LLM is fairly unimportant to non-academia, especially compared to things like language proficiency. The data I've seen shows that Chicago is definitely the best for academia, of your choices.
Unless your scholarship situation changes significantly, I think it comes down to fit and backup options. International law is extremely competitive, so if you don't get it, what is your backup plan? If it's academia, go to Chicago. If it's PI, go to Berkeley. If it's biglaw, go to Duke (assuming a significant scholarship). I left out NYU because it wasn't a good fit for you and the others are peer schools. All these schools are national and can get you back to the east coast.
Just my thoughts on the matter from what I've learned on TLS. I will gladly defer to those more knowledgeable on the subject.