Hofstra is quickly moving up in the rankings. I agree, NYC is extremely close and this is a huge advantage. If you don't want to live in LI, then live in Queens or Brooklyn and to the reverse commute. A lot of Hofstra law students do that. Some even move in Manhattan second and third years. I'm planning on attending in the fall and am looking at apartments both in LI and Queens because I'm not too pro on LI either, but I would still consider living there, at least for the first year.