just some thoughts on the "plusses" on penn's side. a few things struck me as questionable... like maybe it was just the people you happened to talk to at the ASWs. And some things seem like law-school-talking-points that might not necessarily matter once you're there. just my take.
also, i went to the first nyu asw, but i don't remember anyone talking about the village or being too hip. mostly they all talked about their extra curriculars (like volunteering on the side), or about the internships/jobs they were applying for, or about what they had done the previous summer.
i like penn a lot, mostly because of the small community feel. but some of your takes on nyu just seemed... well, totally different than the experience i had there.
Rankings change, the Ivy League is forever.
Like Cornell? I'm unconvinced this matters that much.
It would be real cool for me (as a guy with some business background) to get to do a certificate at Wharton.
Penn Law really seems integrated with the rest of the university, when I was there I really got the feeling that students there are scholars who participate in studies across fields. Exciting feeling to study at one of the greatest universities in America where everyone you run into - from undergrads to doctorial candidates are fucking brilliant. I felt smarter for being there.
Really? I visited schools that tried to play this up, but everyone in law school I've talked to has same the same thing: law school students take law school classes and interact with law school students. The effect of the caliber of the rest of the school seems small. You've got a point with the Wharton thing, and I know Penn talks a lot about being interdisciplinary, but all students I've spoken with have said the vast majority of law school people don't get outside the law school.
Students geographically diverse – both in where they are from and where they want to work.
Are there stats on this? I'd be fairly shocked if Penn students were significantly more geographically diverse than NYU students, or vice versa. It's Philly and NYC... heavy Northeast, smattering of elsewhere. Could this just be based on the people you happened to talk to?
I liked the people.
People seem to love the law school and be very loyal to Penn and Penn students. You can tell there is a very close knit alumni and faculty network that even stretches as far as my hometown.
Best for a very specific type of law that I can also see myself doing.
Small and personal
All of this stuff sounds like really good reasons to choose Penn.
Lrap makes it easier to switch hit between firms and PI.
Profs less well known but moar focused on teaching. Classes smaller.