Actually, I wanted to go NYLS before I saw some negative posts about NYLS. It seems NYLS has a really bad reputation. Thus, I inclined to Chapman after seeing those posts. However, after I visited Suffolk, I felt Suffolk is ok as well. This is why I cannot decide where to go.
I met a few students at both NYLS and Suffolk and most of them liked their schools. Their consesus was if I can make top third, I do not have to worry about job. Two 2nd year students at NYLS told me their class ranks are about 50% and they expected that their starting salary would be about $65,000-$75,000. It seemed that they did not actually worry about being a jobless after graduate. I did not actually hear very bad things about NYLS from other sources. I am currently working at a law firm in Manhattan. My boss who is a Columbia law graduate told me that law schools (in NYC area) below Fordham are alomst the same in terms of the job prospects. One 3rd year student at Suffolk told me that she was still looking for a job because her rank is below average. However, according to her, even though the Economy is bad, most of her classmates in top 50% of the class obtained jobs even before graduate.
Making $65k in NYC will basically allow you to maintain a lifestyle the equivalent of making $30k in a city like Charlotte. Thank you for the useful link. Since I am living in a NYC area, I can say something about the living expense issue. According to CNNMONEY.COM, if you live in Bergen county in NJ while working in Manhattan, your $65,000 income would actually be equivalent to $100,980. That is to say, making $65,000 in Manhattan and living in suburban areas, this allows you to maintain a lifestyle the equivalent of making $100,980 in Manhattan and living in Manhattan. If you live in Queens, NY, your $65,000 income would be equivalent to $92,110. Since it takes only about 30-40 minutes to commute from these two areas to Manhattan, working in Manhattan and making $65,000 seems a fine option as long as you do not live in Manhattan. A lot of people commute in NY.