1. Pro: Classes are small and easy tohobojarpen wrote:Right now, I'm selecting between UVA and Cornell. Would appreciate input/feedback. Thanks! Background: Born and raised in SoCal, went to USC for undergrad, majored in PoliSci (really limits it down, eh)
1) What are the pros and cons of having one of the smallest class sizes amongst top law schools (less than 200 students, 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio)?
2) Could you speak to the level of Cornell’s “renown” in CA and NY?
3) How bad is the Ithaca winter?
4) In terms of proximity to the school and pricing, where is the best place to live?
5) Is it easy to get around Ithaca by feet? Also, how is the public transit system?
6) I read from the TLS profile that Cornell Law students were ranked as the “hardest working law students in the nation”. Can you comment on that?
2. Cornell's prestige in NY is pretty much as strong as it can be without being Harvard or Yale. I think saying we compete on an even footing with NYU is completely fair- Columbia maybe a slight edge. Basically doesn't get much better. Certainly better than UVA. Cali it is good too, and probably about as good as UVA, but not as good as the obvious comparisons of UCLA and Cal.
3. This winter has been fine. It's really not that bad, though you might not like it. Just layer.
4. Proximity vs. Price, probably lower hill or Eddy street. The real thing ot remember is the third variable: quality. Cheap, nice, or close. Pick two.
5. It is easy to get around on foot... as long as you can deal with hills. There's a great bus system that you get unlimited access to as a 1L though.
6. We work hard.