iamgeorgebush wrote:jdbagelboy: Thanks for your comments. You're right that for performance in one class, you'd expect everyone to be equally affected by the quality of the professor, since it's graded on a curve. My thinking was more that having a high quality prof in one class might make me a happier, more engaged student in general, thus affecting my performance in other classes. A bit of a stretch perhaps, but perhaps not.
Anyway, my real reasons for preferring goods profs aren't really related to getting good grades. I imagine most people don't get to take anything with Wu or Ginsburg until 2L or 3L anyway, and at which point grades are less important. I'm more concerned with having good profs for the sake of my learning and possibly for the sake of recommendations, should I choose to pursue a clerkship. Judging from undergrad, my engagement with a prof might affect my ability to get a good recommendation from him/her.
Or is this all just small beans, considering that NYU is looking to be about $65k cheaper than CLS?
Looks like you've made your decision already, but I just want to put in my two cents on the Wu/Ginsburg debate for the future.
Wu may be a more eccentric, lively lecturer, while Ginsburg uses dry humor and does a lot of show and tell in her classes (her office is full of random products and things from the cases, given to her by students over the years). However, if you want a recommendation or a Note advisor or someone to guest judge your moot court, Ginsburg is the best professor at the law school. She gives as much time as she possibly can to students and seems to really love seeing you succeed in every way.