snehpets wrote:Visited NYU, loved it even more, especially after talking to my tour guide. Pretty sure that's where I'll be.
just curious as to whether you visited Columbia at all/if so, what factors are leading you to lean toward NYU over CLS?
Visited both but didn't get to take the official tour of Columbia, which was sad. I did go on a self-guided tour and visited the law library and things. The tour I went on today wasn't super informative or anything, it was just led by a student.
As asked above: NYU highlights. The neighborhood is really cool of course, which you might know. Lots of food/people around even late at night. The buildings itself aren't anything amazing but they're pretty...cozy, I guess? They were nice, just in an old-ish way. For the CLS question above, I thought columbia's buildings were really nice, much more modern, and of course the rest of the campus buildings were gorgeous. The tour of nyu took us to some classrooms, the auditorium, the lounge areas, etc. honestly, the buildings themselves were just buildings at both places, though I suppose columbia's are probably nicer.
My tour guide at nyu was great. Awkward if she reads tls, lol. She lives off-campus and says it hasn't affected her social life at all, which was a concern for me. She seemed really involved in her organization. She stressed multiple times how great her professors have been, how committed nyu grads are to helping other nyu grads get jobs, how she literally doesn't know anyone, even 1Ls, without summer jobs, etc. she also praised the career office (both public and private) super highly, and just from the anecdotes she told the school sounds really committed to improving and listening to student needs/requests. She also made an interesting point about how NYU's high level of PI affects their ranking negatively, which should've occurred to me before but it hadn't. For those interested in international opportunities she had a lot of great examples for why NYU is awesome for that. Obviously she's biased, but she had a long list of anecdotes to back stuff up, and it's not like nyu was the best school she'd gotten into and was trying to justify it.
So anyway: Why I'm leaning towards NYU. To be fair, I was doing so before and it was
more that she assuaged my fears than anything else. I'd rather live downtown than the UWS,I like that NYU students really seem focused on a collaborative atmosphere (she stressed that many times). They also just seemed...happier? That's just a silly vibe thing, but she mentioned thinking the same thing when she visited both (she also talked to a few CLS students who told her not to come to CLS). Anyway, my fears were mostly centered around shooting myself in the foot job-wise by going to NYU. However, her point that she didn't know anyone that was unemployed, her praise for the career office, a story she told about a CLS grad telling her that CLS hadn't helped her get any job NYU wouldn't have (anecdotal, of course) really helped with my concerns in that regard.
I just think I would be happier at NYU overall, and tls always mentions how important that is I your success, especially when choosing between peer law schools. However, none of this is meant to be bashing CLS AT ALL. It's a gorgeous school, I'm sure a lot of people love it, it's higher ranked, etc. i have a friend going there and i think it'll be perfect for her. I could probably be totally happier there. But for me my visit just really confirmed that the soft factors I love at NYU are enough to push me over the edge. For ME, nyu seems like the right choice.
Sidenote, though it doesn't apply to me, she seriously sold me on NYU's PI benefits.
This kind of rambles, sorry. Hope it sort of answered you?