« on: December 31, 2008, 04:59:37 PM »
Hahaha wow I literally cannot believe Chicago's dean said that. Like really, I'm having a very difficult time believing he/she said that.
Either way, I think in every TLS/LSN poll of this type I've seen, when it comes to overall satisfaction it's NYU > Columbia > Chicago, with the NYU > Columbia thing being a bit more vague. But the idea seems to be that the students at Columbia are smarter overall (based purely on the numbers, difficulty of gaining admission) and that many of them are there because they didn't get into HYS...which leads to the creation of a "gunnerish" class. I'm not sure if that's really the case as I don't go there, but I can at least attest to reading a lot more positive comments about NYU over the couple years that I've been looking into law.
As someone who had a pretty strong shot at both schools but ultimately went with NYU, the perceived level of satisfaction was the main distinction I used when choosing. Location, which contributes to NYU students' happiness, was my second main distinction. When it comes to placement in nearly everything, NYU/Columbia/Chicago are about even, so I think subjective factors should come into play.