The appropriateness of Perpetua would probably depend on the tone of the writing. When I used it, I (half playfully) thought the extra space made the words sort of resonate.
Why go for HYS if he/she wants to be in NYC You're looking very good for both CLS and NYU, you'd get into one of them almost certainly. Especially if you can 'explain away' some bad grades. Fordham would probably offer you big bags full of money too, if law school debt is something that worries you. NYC isn't the cheapest place in the world to live.
Thanks, guys--appreciate your input ... What would that "good addendum" look like? (I think a lot of freshmen can make the same kind of mistake of earning two Cs first year)
According to LSN, you're probably in for a waitlist at both schools. The fact that you're coming straight from undergrad doesn't help your low GPA either. Make sure you submit a good addendum for the GPA, and you'll have a shot.