Yale is just more intimate than Harvard. Its a great deal smaller and people seem to know each other pretty well. It would be pretty difficult to become anonymous at the law school. Everything is more personal at admit weekend - there was a dinner at a professors house for example where many of the law school's profs came to meet the admits. I was able to talk to profs about my interests in the law and they told me what was available and gave me some ideas. Dean Koh knew me by name when he saw me (another example) and I was able to just chat and joke with him in an informal setting. It was nice. The law school itself consists of one large building (but its fairly large) and it has classrooms, seminar rooms, the library, cafeteria, profs' offices, and lockers! The theme here is Harvard is big, Yale is more intimate.
The current students seemed to be relaxed and enthusiastic about Yale. Many people just kept repeating how the first semester is pass/fail and how required courses are only for one semester. A girl I spoke to was representing clients in her second semester in a clinic. There seems to be a bit more academic freedom at Yale than at Harvard, but Harvard offers a greater variety of courses to choose from. The faculty at both schools, from what I can gather, seem to be comparable. There are some really awesome profs and some not so good profs.
New Haven is not as bad as they say. I mean, there isn't much to do, but there are some clubs, bars, eateries and things of that nature. The town is full of college students and apartments - so really what more do you need. There is a walmart close by if you have a car (and if you want to endorse horrible labor practices!) and walgreens, etc. Downtown isn't bad - definitely less urban than I expected given its reputation...hahahahahah....Y ale is walking distance from most of the apartment buildings that many law students stay at.
I like the current students a great deal and if next year students are nearly as decent, I'd be pretty happy.