« on: July 21, 2008, 09:05:57 PM »
What made you choose NYU?
I chose NYU primarily based on the strength of its public interest program. Overall, that turned out to be a good choice, but partly for reasons I didn't expect. For example, I didn't really consider that the school's location in Manhattan is pretty key--it gives us access to all the top legal NGOs for term-time internships. I knew the clinical offerings would be fantastic, and they have been, if a little overcrowded. And I knew the loan repayment program was among the best two or three in the country and it has gotten even better since I started. What really caught be by surprise was the strength of the student groups at the school; the NYU student groups regularly do more substantial legal work than the actual clinics at other schools.
My secondary reason was an interest in international law. For many of the same reasons as above, it has turned out to be a good choice. Just as a matter of location, no other top school except Columbia allows you to do term-time work at UN Headquarters (and I saw many more NYU folks there than Columbia ones, for whatever reason). The Brennan Center and Center for Human Rights and Global Justice are both run out of NYU facilities and do top-notch work on int'l human rights. There are a half-dozen other nice international law features (like more int'l LLMs than any other school).
If you were choosing again today, would you choose it for the same reasons?
Yes. In retrospect, my decision to attend was even more of a no-brainer than it seemed at the time. I was cautious in deciding because it seemed arrogant to assume that I wouldn't be pulled off the public interest track (since most students are). But the temptation to do corporate law has turned out to be far weaker than I imagined, and like I said, for PI work I think NYU is pretty ideal. If I had decided I wanted to do corporate law, I would probably regret not taking more money from UVA or Chicago, since everyone gets basically the same jobs in the end.
Did you find the noise and bustle of the Village a distraction to your studies?
I don't find the Village to be a distraction at all. But we're all distracted by different things. For me, having nearby wilderness would have been a much greater distraction since I'd be constantly tempted to go camping, etc. Its much less time-consuming to have a few drinks or go to a club.
However, I live on the very eastern edge of the Village, so its a little quieter in my neck of the woods. I don't know what its like for people in the dorms (which are totally overpriced and not worth it).