when you say that they are opposite schools, aside from big (nyu) vs small (chicago), what are you referring to? do you feel like nyu is competitive? i've heard from people that it is more competitive than chicago...also, what do you think about graduating middle of the class at nyu vs. chicago for job prospects in ny
I know NYU first hand (1L), but i only know chicago from tales of other people. By opposite, i was referring to the size, the general political leaning of the students, and my perception of the competitiveness. From everything i have heard, chicago people tend to be extremely competitive, possibly because of self-selection. While i mostly only deal with the people in my section and my lawyering class, i can't possibly think of the school as competitive. People are generally friendly, and mostly talk of how happy they would be to just get their B's and graduate (job prospects being so good).
I can't give you too much advice about job prospects that i can guarantee to be valid. I have heard a theory that chicago degrees are rarer, and that might give them an extra boost in the job search, but who knows. The one thing i can be sure of is that you can interview with a whole bunch of New York firms very easily, without having to jump on a plane.
A disclaimer: If I had been accepted into every law school in the country, i would still have gone to NYU. This has to do with several factors, including my strong desire to live in New York now and after I graduate. I love my school. This can be considered to be an advertisement, but it also means that you might want to take the things I say with a grain of salt.