well, time is running out for me and i have to make a decision on where to go to law school by May 1.
i'm deciding between Columbia Law School (NYC) and University of Michigan Law School......
as far as strength of the schools and reputations go, the two schools are basically equal. they're both great schools, and will provide me with a plethora of opportunities when i graduate.
financially, the two are fairly similar, although U-M would be slight cheaper (about $16,400 over three years).
i like CLS because when i visited there, i felt very comfortable and just really liked the environment, the area, the students, and all that stuff. on the other hand, i wasn't a huge fan of the people at U-M, and while the Law Quad there is amazing architectually, i find it dreary and dark.
the advantage of U-M is that I would be close to my GF (actually, closer than i am right now). i would also be close to my family, although that's not a big concern to me. i am comfortable with Ann Arbor (although it's a vastly overrated town), and know i could live there and be as happy as i am now.
i guess it's kind of a risk/reward sort of thing. one part of me wants to move to NYC and go where i feel like i fit in best. it's a chance to experience something new. if i went to Michigan instead, i'm afraid i'd wonder what could have been had i gone to Columbia. i'd feel like i was being the wimp and taking the easy way out instead of really challenging myself.
on the other hand, i'm afriad that if i go to CLS, i'll end up lonely and feeling bad because i'm seeing my GF so rarely. and i don't want to put the stress on her of having an even longer distance relationship. yet i don't want to give up what's really best for me just because of the relationship.
so anyway, i don't know what advice people out there have....but fire away.....