Well I was waiting for someone to do it, but since I don't think anyone will I guess I'll have to... Facilities - Academic
The classrooms all looked fairly new, all are wired, with comfortable seating, laptop outlets at every seat, etc. My one complaint with these (and this may be true everywhere) is that the level of the seats does not rise as you move into the back rows, for rooms with 3 or 4 rows, this could (although I didn't see any this large I assume they exist...) make it very difficult for people in the back rows to see. I saw at least one cafe (is this academic? maybe just to me
) in one of the academic buildings, and it looked pretty nice. The library which I only got to see for a few mins as the tour guide hurried through it looked gorgeous, was very quiet, seemed to have a lot of support staff offices for research, etc scattered throughout it, and a few computer stations. On the ninth floor of Furman hall (which I think is the newer building) is a large lecture/seminar hall, and that room is worth mentioning just because its gorgeous. There are microphones every two or three seats, with soft table lighting every two seats or so. The rows in this room rise up as you go back (HURRAY), and it has a great panoramic view of the village. The Furman building seems really new, has multiple elevators that never had more than 30 second wait when I used them. The stairways were really confusing and don't seem to go where you would expect. The other academic building, Vanderbilt Hall, had an auditorium (which I think was more or less plain looking - I don't remember it that well though), and a large "lounge/reception" area where we had breakfast which looked very nice.Facilities - Residential
The only room I got to see was in the Mercer building. It was a two-bedroom apartment, with a shared kitchen (very small), bathroom, and two bedrooms. The bedrooms I thought were gigantic. I would venture to say somewhere in the area of 250-300 sq. ft which for a bedroom in a dorm is huge. They were furnished with a desk, bed (extra long), drawers, closet, and some other things I cannot recall. The kitchen was a full kitchen, complete with stove, frig, etc. The people living in the apartment were 1Ls, and said that if you wanted a room you could have one. There is another residential building which is newer (but with smaller rooms) that I did not get to see. The buildings also have 24 hour security, and a 24 mail rooms. They have lounges, elevators, some apartments have terraces, and many student groups/offices are located in these residential buildings as well. The residential buildings are less than a 5 minute walk to the academic buildings which is convenient.
I was told there is a meal plan but I never saw the cafeteria and it seems silly to buy an overpriced meal plan when you're living in the village... Professors
The class I sat in on had a guest lecturer so I cannot comment on how professors and students interact in the classroom. The professors I talked to at the receptions however, all seemed really approachable, candid, nice, and exactly the kind of people that could be easily approached during office hours or outside of office hours. Perhaps, someone who sat in on a class with a professor can comment on this further?Students
Every student I talked to (they may be biased otherwise why are they at these receptions), seemed genuinely happy that they were there, and in law school in general. Caveat: I met one girl who told me she hated law school, and law students, but she added that if she has to go there is no place she'd rather be than at NYU. Also, while sitting on a class and looking at student laptop screens, I didn't see a single screen with solitaire or something like that, everyone was listening to the speaker and taking notes. Every student I spoke with seemed happy with their decision to be at NYU (including those who said they turned down CLS, Stanford, etc).City
I'm not going to say too much here, because its the village, what else needs to be said? The area is really safe, has tons of stores, boutiques, bars, restaurants, cafes, the Comedy Cellar is about a 5 min walk away if you're into that...Thoughts
I think they did a good job playing up their strengths (Int'l law, public interest, tax, corporate, etc) although I heard very little mentioned about philosophy (Dworkin, etc - Bass thats for you!
). I also think they invited the right current students to these events - the ones that love it there
. I also think that speakers, and the Dean did a good job showing faculty accessibility anecdotally with stories of faculty correcting resumes for students at 1 AM, etc, and by having a student faculty ratio of 7:1 at lunch...
The one thing that bothered me though was that, some of the students were putting down other schools, in that "People at CLS are boring" or "UMich is a good school, but just isn't us," which I don't like. To me you should be playing up your school not putting down someone else's. If you have more to say about how another school stinks than about how much your school rocks thats a problem. However, I felt a lot better about this after reading the reviews on Columbia, and how they bashed NYU a lot, and not just with students, but apparently with faculty (which NYU did not do)
Umm, I realize that I'm horrible at writing these, but if you have questions feel free to PM me or post on this thread, I'm actually more knowledgable (slightly) than it sounds here!