Thanks everyone..yeah, I actually have been discussing it with several professionals as well- lawyers, law professors etc. and also contacted the Career Services Dept at NYU to see if they have had any experience where they have students who are interested in courses that the University may not specialize in- waiting on a response.
Thanks for the advice. I went on the link provided for Shearman and Sterling LLP and under IP (if I stick with that), it had graduates from Uva, University of Georgia, Tulane- all over.
At this point, its all relative. I think sometimes we need to step beyond the USNWR and other rankings. I went to UF which is ranked like #47 or something ug and I was able to accomplish a lot, enough to get accepted to NYU and waitlisted at Stanford.
I think it is a matter of what you make of it all. I'm thinking less of the rankings at this point, and what my life as a 2L and 3L will be like at either schools. As a 2L, I imagine at both I will be involved in journals and courses etc.
The problem I had at UF was that my senior year when I wanted to do some substantial work for a firm, there were no such opportunities...that is kind of what I wanted to avoid with law school.