1. The admitted students in general seemed too uptight.
Agreed. However, I found that if I initiated conversation, most of them turned out to be alright. Also, I got along with the current students, which is what really matters. Some of the admits won't attend CLS (obviously), and most of the others will probably calm down. Honestly, I think the uptightness of some of the admits was largely a function of nervousness - at least, that's the impression I got.
2. The library is really poor--definitely not a place to study.
3. Classrooms were very good quality--nice chairs, desks, set-ups.
Yes. CLS definitely had the best classrooms I've seen on my law school tour.
4. Administrators were unimpressive--I had an encounter with the Dean of the school and the guy was the opposite of personable. He may be very intellectually sharp, but he was super awkward, and did not make me feel the warm, "welcome to our community" I was looking for. I guess that's what I should have expected from a Dean that is a tax lawyer.
I can't comment directly on this. But I did think the Dean gave a pretty good speech and did a reasonably good job fielding questions.
5. Columbia's gym is sub-par--one basketball court, and a small, narrow little weight section. There is an indoor hallway-track if you're into that.
I didn't stop by, but I have heard this about the University's gym. Ah well.
6. It looks like the place to study is somewhere on the university campus--students at the school all mentioned various libraries like Butler, the East-Asian library, Architecture library, etc. as really nice, academic spaces.
Yes, although the library isn't fantastic, it seems like there are plenty of other places to study.
7. Food situation doesn't look great--the cafe in the law school sounds like it is only good for coffee/drinks. Obviously, there are places to walk to off-campus, and a grocery store, but I was hoping the law school had their own place for students to eat 3 full meals.
There are tons of good eateries within a few blocks of CLS. I wouldn't want to eat more than 1 meal a day (lunch) at the school, but that's certainly a matter of personal preference.
My big take-aways:
1. I found current students very friendly. Also, current students reported that the curve is so damn generous, and as a result CLS is not competitive.
2. Gorgeous campus, and a great university-feel.
3. Fantastic professors and amazing classes. The best I've seen thus far. I was also impressed by the students in the class I sat in on - the students provided reasonably well thought-out responses, but didn't give off a gunner-vibe.
4. Library aside, I liked the facilities a lot.
5. Morningside Heights seems like a good place to go to school. There are plenty of good restaurants, parks, and other attractions right near campus, but the general pace of life isn't too overwhelming. Busier (and more touristy) parts of the city are a short subway ride away.
I went in fearing (based on a few rumors I'd heard) current students would be competitive jerks. I ended up being pleasantly surprised by the current students. The current students, the professors, the campus, and the location all left me with a very good impression of CLS.