flockavelli wrote:Here is the thing, I did undergrad at Chicago, and so am powerfully disinclined to go back.
OP, I am a 1L at Chicago, and from what I can tell UChicago undergrad is a living hell. Every single undergrad I have ever come in contact with is super nerdy and doing undergrad here seems like one of the least enjoyable things possible. It is a vastly different experience at the law school. The majority of people at the law school are very social and love to have a good time. Don't assume that you will hate being at UChicago for law school just because you didn't love undergrad here.
Also, I don't know when you graduated but Hyde Park is really coming along and improving pretty rapidly. Within the past year we got two really good restaurants (actually good, not just Hyde Park good) that have opened up shop and it seems like there will be more to follow.
It will all become clearer when you go on the admitted student weekend visits in the spring, but I can tell you that I had the most fun on my Chicago visit and it was not close.
I went to UofC UG from 2007-2011 and am now a UofC 2L. Chose it over CLS with the same-ish money numbers.
Well, not really the same. The scholarship was actually slightly less here, but CoA difference more than made up for it. I'm in a one bedroom here that is half the price of the studio CLS was going to give me. Don't underestimate NYC cost of living if you haven't lived there. Anyway, more importantly: there is nothing you can want to do that either place will have a tangible advantage for, relative to the input of your personal motivation to work for whatever that thing is. CLS bros get clerkships and academia too, UofC bros get NYC biglaw. People make such a fuss over minute differences in peer schools I imagine as a way of thinking they'll have to do less work to land x "tier" of clerkship or firm or y market or z fellowship. When it's between UofC and CLS (and NYU), as all the other posters are saying, follow the money.
I agree 100% with canof that the undergrad and the law school are really different places. The law students are infinitely more normal than the undergrads. You'd hardly realize that you're in the world capital of social awkwardness if you only experience law school folk (for non-UofCers: that should tell you something about how horrific some of the people can be at the ugrad). Hyde park is different than it was a decade ago, but I don't think the overall vibe has really changed - it's still a weirdly gated-off neighborhood from the rest of the south side, and it's still super far from the actual fun stuff in the city.
If lay prestige is an important factor in your decision, don't listen to any of the good advice in the thread. Just skip straight to fellating yourself about an Ivy admission. I mean, once you've got that in the bag, do you even have to go?