Veyron wrote:Hey, thanks so much for doing this. I'm prob going to be a Ol next year at nyu and I needed this into. Could you please tell me:
1. What % of students would you say live in the village?
2. Would you say that the grades you need for biglaw are identical at ccn baring regional differences?
3. How liberal is the school really? As a republican will I be burned at the stake or merely lynched? Is political correctness enshrined?
4. How you decide between NYU and Penn for west coast biglaw?
5. What % of the students are married?
(1) During 1L, I would say that the large majority (maybe 75-80%) of students live in the Village, if you count the "on-campus" dorms (Mercer and D'Ag). The students that don't live in the Village typically live in Brooklyn b/c it is cheaper and the commute via subway is easy.
(2) Re grades and Biglaw, it's really difficult to tell. I know that some "prestigious" firms essentially have grade cutoffs for each school, and while I know some of the cutoffs for NYU, I don't know the cutoffs for CC. My guess is that the cutoffs, when they exist, are similar for all three schools. In other words, a top 10% student at CC likely won't have any more, or less, opportunities than a top 10% student at NYU. Similarly, a bottom third student at any of CCN will, in general, have trouble getting Biglaw this year. Out of my group of close friends (10 or so), I only know one who wanted Biglaw and hasn't gotten something yet. However, even median and above people at NYU have had fewer opportunities than in past years (e.g., 2-3 callbacks and one offer vs. 5-10 callbacks and multiple offers). I've heard similar things about OCI at Chicago and Columbia as well.
(3) The school is liberal, no doubt about it. However, there are plenty of Republicans and conservatives, and the vast majority of students are respectful of others' views. For example, affirmative action can be a very divisive subject. When we discussed various AA cases in class, many liberal students recognized, and even agreed with, the more typically "conservative" arguments against AA. In other words, most students are liberal but open-minded.
(4) I can't imagine there being much difference b/t NYU's and Penn's placement power in terms of West Coast biglaw. The big question is access -- how many West Coast biglaw firms come to interview at NYU/Penn. I can't speak for Penn, but about 50 Biglaw firms w/ west coast offices interviewed at NYU's OCI this year, including all the prestigious CA biglaw firms (Gibson Dunn, Irell, Munger, etc.)
(5) A higher % of students are married than I originally expected - maybe 5-10%.
EDIT: Re Biglaw, I should mention that the top of the class at NYU had just as many opportunities this year as in any other. I was top 10% and had twentysomething callbacks (I only took a few) and multiple V10 offers.