You clearly haven't been to the south side of Chicago.
(And NU law is in a very nice area of chicago- definitely safer than most of st. louis unless you count pickpockets).
My question: Does WUSTL place at all to NYC?
Actually, I have. I didn't feel unsafe personally... Although yes, I could feel that it was a rough part of town. I guess I don't spook very easily, and am quite convinced that random muggings etc. are just that... Random, and very few and far between.
I didn't take NU into account, because isn't it actually Evanston, not Chicago? Either way, though, you're right. Northwestern is very nice. I felt super weird there, though, because everyone was very stiff and wasn't very midwestern friendly.