chasgoose wrote:I am trying to play devil's advocate here, because I get frustrated with people being like oh aren't you so glad you aren't in LA anymore when they hear where I used to be living. I know I am in the minority, and I really thought I would like NYC better than LA when I first moved there, but LA surprisingly grew on me, and so far NYC hasn't as much.
That said, I really do like NYU as much as any 1L can like their law school, and despite it being in NYC and not in LA, I am very glad that I chose to go there. If you guys actually have any questions about NYU or why you should choose NYU, I'd be happy to answer them (I promise I won't hate on NYC too much).
Also, I have to say that I'm jealous of you guys for already being into NYU, at this point last year I hadn't applied anywhere yet...
Haha, I get that. I have similar feelings about the days when it feels like the entire state of Texas unites to ask me how I could ever want to leave the 'greatest state in the US'
Since you're here, why'd you pick nyu (since it wasn't for the location)? Default best school you got into or something else?
Well going into the law school process, NYU was my first choice. I wanted to at least give myself the option of getting a job somewhere other than LA and I knew I wasn't going to get into SLS. I blanketed most of the T14, and ultimately the decision came down to (as it will for many of you) NYU/CLS. In the end, I liked the general vibe I got from NYU better, there seemed to be more energy rather than default "the CLS name will open so many doors" refrain that constantly was repeated to me.
Also, even though I ultimately want to sell my soul to the highest BigLaw bidder, I really like the fact that a decent number of people at NYU are interested in PI/Government type things so there is a diversity of opinions and interests and attitudes. Finally, this could be self-selective, but there is sort of an unspoken effort to impose a collaborative/slightly more laid-back attitude among students at NYU. Obviously it's still law school, but there is social pressure not to be a crazy gunner and to help your fellow classmates more than I think there is at other schools (based on friends' reactions to my descriptions of life @ NYU). We also have a crazy good faculty, like not just big names, but also great teachers. I never expected to really like my professors or classes here, but I can honestly say that my CivPro professor and class was probably in the top 5 of all teachers/professors/classes I have ever had.
Finally, I like the location better. As I mentioned above, it's very easy to get stuck in a rut in law school and only spend time where you live or where you go to school. At least there is a lot of stuff to do right near NYU, when I am feeling like I want to do something, but am too lazy to put in the effort to venture further afield. The area directly surrounding the school gets to be the worst (like I cringe when I watch the credits for Louie) but walk a few blocks and you are in a cool part of town with great stuff. I also get to live in Brooklyn, which I definitely recommend to those willing to apartment hunt before moving out here. Although there is a lot to recommend about Mercer/D'Ag, I am so glad I am able to flee law school and go home to a place that is not anywhere near it when I want to. Also, Brooklyn is cheaper and not too hard to get to school from (I live about 5 minutes from the D which then takes 3 stops to get to W. 4th St. which is around the corner from Vanderbilt Hall).