Alright, Kappa, you asked for it:
Case is a fine law school. I could go there (and happily too) if it were my only option. However, it is not. I'm off to visit another school this Friday which is ranked in the top 25. That, for me, matters a lot just b/c there's such a large difference in rankings and I haven't received any scholarship money from Case.
I really liked the students I met there, both prospective and current. Everyone was exceptionally friendly, and while I realize it was a day when Admissions and the entire school would have their "happy faces" on, I didn't feel as though it was too contrived. The room full of admitted students was, overall, quite white, but the school is diverse enough for my needs. During my two days in Cleveland, I experienced the kindness of strangers, and witnessed kindness between strangers. I made some good friends/connections at the Law School that I hope will last. Even without a travel stipend, it would have been well worth the trip.
The professors there are graduates of fine schools, experts in their fields, and affable types. I chatted it up with 4 or 5 professors. My one-on-one interactions with them, as well as some of the administrators, were really the key that opened me up to the school. I had some very good conversations...and I think Craig Boise who taught the Mock Class is fantastic. I imagine the other professors are equally exceptional instructors.
The Career Services Office at the school appears to be extremely well-staffed and make considerable effort to get the school's name out by doing off-campus interviewing programs in NY, DC, Chicago, and LA. Still, it is a regional school (as nearly every school is).
The trolley tour was a nice touch and certainly gave me a good sense of the area. The city of Cleveland is not too bad, but I don't like the neighborhoods around the campus as much ---they're a bit old for my taste.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Law School. Only during and after the visit did I really begin to give the school some serious thought. Still, without any offer of $ to mull over and only the red carpet treatment, I may, and it will break my heart, end up going elsewhere.