chasgoose wrote:knickerbocker wrote:
Wait, why do people assume that the lower grade would be in LRW? Maybe LRW will boost my grades, no?
Well it might, but it might not. Also, at either place the LRW classes can turn into a time suck which can wreak havoc on your performance in your other more substantive classes. At NYU it's very nice to be able to remind myself when I am diving too far down the Lawyering rabbit hole that this isn't for a grade and I just have to get it finished no matter what the quality so I can do my other more important work. You can't really do that at Chicago. LRW won't boost your grades unless A) you don't do very well in your other classes or B) you spend the extra time and effort required to get rid of typos and thoroughly clean up your writing and make sure you have perfect citations (which for most people is going to be significant).
Recent UChi grad here. If you think you're a good writer (i.e., you have a writing background and/or majored in a writing-heavy subject in undergrad), I highly recommend the graded LRW. The legal writing course has a different grading scale than other classes, which makes it more likely to help than hurt you GPA-wise, and there are writing prizes for the best brief etc. For me, at least, I knew I wasn't really going to let myself slack off on a paper, whether it was graded or not, and getting a good grade in LRW helped me distinguish myself at OCI.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Hyde Park is not boring. What it lacks: good restaurants, inexpensive groceries, and late-night mass transit. What it has: cheap classical concerts in adorable venues, cheap and truly excellent plays at the professional Court Theatre, very cheap and plentiful movies at the student-run Doc Films (and the new movie theater might open while you're a student), endearing dive bars, a public outdoor ice skating rink, access to the lake and lakefront bike path/running trail, beautiful and/or interesting architecture, a fascinating sense of history, and relatively inexpensive rents (compared to the North Side--but wildly inexpensive compared to the Village). I lived there all three years and I miss it.
NYU may have a narrow edge on faculty, thanks to the recent poachings. Samaha was a huge loss (and gain for NYU); Cox was a smaller but still significant loss. But Chicago hires them young and hungry, and my sense is that professors at UChi are more likely to be accessible and really invested in you and your future.