Dacos wrote:Important to Me:
Diversity, BigLaw & clerkship (I still don't know which route I'll enjoy the most), Reputation in NY/NJ & Florida, friendly environment (not too competitive or too many gunners), career prospects, and weekend night life
As you probably know, R-N is rated by Princeton Review as the most diverse campus in the nation. The law school is statistically more diverse than other local schools, I can cite this if need be. A reason I like the school as well.
Have you seen the employment prospects chart? I think it's NLJ. The results are nice, putting R-N ahead of Brooklyn, Cardozo, and Seton Hall for placement in large firms. Check the R-N website as well, they are very transparent with current career placement. In the same chart referenced above, clerkship placement is great. (Can someone post this chart?)
I get the impression that it's a friendly environment, but note that I'm not there yet. After talking with current students and faculty, they seem to emphasize that it's a cohesive student body and this is the way they want it to be. Notice that attrition and transfer rates are very low, that should be telling if you ask me.
See above for career prospects, and I'll add that a 94% employment six months after graduation indicates a very healthy network.
I don't know too much about nightlife in Newark, as I live in Jersey City, but I recently moved here and it's fantastic. Hoboken, Manhattan, and places local to JC are way too much fun. I love it here.
EDIT: To address Florida, I wouldn't advise going to Rutgers if you intend to practice there; not because you won't be able to get a job there necessarily, but because you'd be better off going to UF, FSU, Miami, etc. But if you want to live and work in the tri-state, that changes things.