Yeah I have a friend from Yale undergrad that says the same about New Haven. As for international law, the biggest thing you get when going to a law school is the NAME. (and I mean PERIOD!) All t-15 law schools have great faculty and resources and programs but some have a more valuable brand than others. For example, Berkeley has a name second only to Harvard in the world. If you go to the Middle East and you are in a falafel shop and you say Berkeley, people are impressed. If you say Yale, no one knows what that is. If you say Harvard, you instantly rise to the status of a god. This has to do with a lot of things, including the breadth of quality graduate programs at these two schools but also with the number of international leaders that have come out of their programs. So now we come to the NYU point. NYU is a fantastic school to which I hope to be admitted. But if you look at the rankings on the law school handbook (its somewhere online) you'll find that while Harvard has a 100 point reputation as a University, NYU is only around 56. Berkeley is 96 followed by Columbia at 94 etc. You want your degree to have value after you graduate and you don't want to have to tell people that you went to a great school, they should know. As far as the actually academics, NYU has an amazing international program, maybe even better than Harvard's. But if you want to go work in Europe, your Harvard degree will be gold. Writing this post makes me VERY afraid of spying adcoms but if a man can't state his beliefs openly then...oh nevermind, we all know that we live in the Panopticon.