"well, yeah, that's great, but we're all only here for the firms and that's what CLS is really good at." It felt weirdly like the school was trying to trick us in the door? Though I had some great conversations with professors/staff.
Historically I think Chicago has shared the first part of this--big law is what it's good at, too--and currently there's probably something
of the second part in play as both schools try to shift their images. But I think it's pretty genuine at UofC. Everybody raves about Dean Schill and Susan Curry, and the Public Interest Law Society seems really committed to being a support group as well as a haven of social justice chats (and doing a lot of substantive stuff besides this, obviously).
But the real
plus of Chicago is that there are so many public-interest-oriented TLSers going here...