Cardozo is located in Union Square/Soho/Greenwich Village - one of the most vibrant areas in the world. Brooklyn is located, well, in Downtown Brooklyn, sort of depressing place because it's located across from the courthouse so you have a lot of criminals walking around. All this talk about connections to the court is irrelevant. After graduation, most students at BLS go into private practice so the supposed "connection" is only for a handful who can get the prestigious clerkships (usually those ranked top of the class). If you want to go into BigLaw, law review and moot court are almost required coming from BLS, clinics won't help you for BigLaw.