Elliot wrote:For those of you who lived outside the northeast before attending, and in particular those who didn't have much experience renting apartments beforehand, how hard was it to find a place to live in Ithaca? Is the available housing close enough to the law school to suffice without a car? Moreover, can you get to the grocery and other such stores relatively easily without a car?
In regards to the law school itself, even though you've only attended a few weeks, all the Cornell 1L's on TLS seem relatively pleased with their school. Is there anything unique to Cornell that has made it so?
Lastly, how does the Cornell law school environment compare to your time in undergrad? It's more work I would assume but is it honestly different in any tangible ways?
A car is helpful, but certainly not necessary. There's also public transportation and Cornell buses that make stops at popular places.
I did not have much trouble finding a place in Ithaca at all. There are LOTS of housing options. I wouldn't advise putting your search off until last minute, but everyone finds a place, and I've yet to hear of any horror stories.
Cornell is incredible. So far I'm having a great time. I love the school, the town, the people, etc. It's entirely possible that I just like law school in general and would be this happy anywhere, but I'm not really so convinced. There's a strong sense of camaraderie here.
I'd think that making a general statement about how Cornell Law compares to undergrad would be difficult to do since the undergraduate experience varies so much between people and schools. I'll have to think about this one a bit more, I'm not sure I have a strong enough opinion yet. I certainly am enjoying Cornell as much, if not more, than undergrad, that's for sure (at least thus far).