Honestly, yea, its big for a law school but 500 kids a year is still really small. Thats smaller than my hs and is roughly the size of Amherst/Williams, etc. It cant be too bad right?
Speaking as a current Williams undergrad, I would definitely agree with this. Williams is small enough to provide an intimate tight-knit community feel, yet is large enough for students to find their own niches. To tell you guys the truth, one of the reasons I'm actually leaning towards Harvard over YS (assuming either of them admits me) is Harvard's larger size. The social dynamic would obviously be different from UG, but I still like the idea of a slightly larger class.
Speaking of housing, I've also been scouring online apartment listings and craigslist, although I plan on deferring until 2009, so it's just tentative for now. The prices are actually a lot more reasonable than I'd anticipated. At first, I thought the graduate student housing at Harvard sounded like a pretty good deal, but after comparing prices, Harvard's housing actually seems a bit inflated. Also, while I was on vacation in China during the past week, I actually happened to meet a HLS graduate in my tour group (he spent a few years clerking on the Ninth Circuit and currently teaches as a law professor at SUNY Buffalo). He said the Harvard housing was actually pretty dismal and that off-campus was definitely the way to go. So I'm sure when the time comes, I'll be looking on LSD for potential future roomies!