I'm going to be making a decision this weekend between Suffolk & Villanova and would love to hear some input. Basically, the cost will be the same to attend each school and I'm somewhat interested in practicing in Boston. Villanova's definitely the better school but I'm unsure of how well a Villanova degree will travel up here.
Suffolk has amazing clinics, all of which have a classroom component too (it's like a course, meeting about 75-80 minutes a week). The prosecutors clinic feeds students directly into Assistant DA positions throughout the city. The woman who teaches it was a former Attorney General! Defenders program is just as popular, yet smaller in size.
From what I gather, some clinics at Suffolk yield lots of litigation experience. Most notably these are the
3 criminal law clinics: Prosecutors, Defenders and Juvenile Justice Center
These clinics have you in court for at least 1 full day a week. Prosecutor's clinic has you shadow a DA. Defender and JJC have you reprersent clients (maybe in teams?)
Civil law clinics are:
Battered Women's Advocacy Clinic
Disability Advocacy Clinic (*also extremely popular)
Housing & Consumer Protection Clinic
Depending on your interest, civil or criminal litigation, or if you just want great lawyering skills, the clinical experience at Suffolk will give you that.
Something to consider.