I still really love everything about CLS but I have been wondering about the differences in hiring prospects between the nyc law schools and slight lower ranked t14s (esp. considering the recent troubles that 1Ls have been facing in finding summer jobs.) Are the connections from an NYU/CLS considerable enough to turn down a slightly lower ranked t14 (Penn, Michigan, Chicago, etc.)?
Well, I think you are much, much, much more likely to get a great 1L summer job at CLS/NYU compared to the other schools you list. As for 2L summer jobs and jobs after graduation, the vast majority at what you call the "slightly lower ranked t14s" should still be able to get a very good job without too much effort. That said, I really do believe it is much easier at CLS (and also NYU).