I've visited GULC, GW, and GMU (notice a theme?). I also lived in Ithaca for several years while my husband was a grad student so I'll give impressions of Cornell too.
I happened to visit GULC and GW during the summer (only time I had) so I'm sure my experience was not representative of what it would really be like. That being said...
GW: The exterior was stately but old. The buildings surround a quad where people hung out, ate, studied, etc. It felt half campus, half city. At the time they were remodeling the interior so stuff was rather messy and the second floor was closed. Also, I wasn't able to see the library
. It looked like it was going to be beautiful but still felt a bit claustrophobic with all the twists and turns in the hallways. I can only imagine what it would feel like full of people. The classrooms themselves looked modern, clean, and high tech. I met with an admissions counselor who was friendly and helpful but answers were vague for the most part. I was pleased but not wowed.
GULC: The area surrounding the campus was a little bit run down with a lot of construction going on. A good portion of the campus was under construction as well. Once on the campus, I was very pleased. The main building felt spacious and had a cafeteria/coffee shop in the basement
. The library entrance is stunning and the reading room reminded me of Cornell. I also liked the enclosed courtyard between the main building and the library. It felt like I wasn't even in the city. Admissions counselors were unavailable when I visited so I spoke with the admissions receptionist who was extra helpful and friendly. She answered all my questions in detail. Classrooms didn't look as nice as GW, but overall the feel was better for me. This is definitely my first choice.
GMU: I visited in the evening and was able to attend a Contracts class. I loved the lecture but was not happy with the campus nor the students. The school felt like a commuter campus with a wall of windows overlooking a big parking lot. The entire school (except a few random classes) are held in one large building in downtown Arlington. Very urban. The atrium at the entrance was open but felt cold and didn't feel like a place I'd want to hang out in. Downstairs they had a nice little cafeteria. Our guide even pointed out the fresh flowers on the tables. The library was okay. Depending on how busy it gets, traffic flow might be a problem negotiating around some of the stacks. Finally, the classrooms seemed nice (all wired for internet) but when in class I could not hear the students comments. At least in the class I was in, the acoustics were lousy. Also, just in my immediate vicinity, 12 different people were messing around on their computers doing anything but paying attention. How is this possible?
Cornell: I can't comment specifically on the law school but am very familiar with the campus and town in general. As they say in Ithaca, there are two seasons, winter and fourth of July. It snowed on Mothers' Day. It could get so cold my bones would hurt. But it was always spectacularly beautiful and always changing. They almost never close the campus due to bad weather conditions (or they'd never be open
. Road plowing is exceptional but the bus system to and from campus was how I traveled and I don't have a single complaint. I loved eating in the Ivy room in Willard Straight Hall. The food was good and cheap and the coffee and pastries were too good. It's true there's not a lot to do besides wander around college town or the commons or go to the mall, but my husband was so busy with school work we never did much of anything anyway so it didn't really matter. Also, Syracuse isn't too far and it has big-mall shopping. We wanted to stay after my husband graduated but he couldn't find a local job. I'd go to Cornell if my husband could find a job there.