« on: April 17, 2009, 03:23:18 PM »
Yeah, CUA is in a soso part of town, but DC is so small and easy to get around that you don't have to live there. It's not like if you went to school in Newark at Rutgers and you'd have to live near Newark somewhere in NJ, unless you'd commute from somewhere else.
IF you are using that as a data point, then I'll offer up that UMD is in an even worse part of town in Baltimore. Recommend putting aside where the school location is in this case, b/c it's pretty even. Focus on as SamE says - where you want to be. If you want to work in/around DC, UMD carries pretty well.
But again, this is assuming you do well. Lot of people go into law school saying they are going be top 5% etc etc, but in reality that doens't happen more often than people realize. Let's face it Baltimore has fewer options in terms of number of opps...but if you do well at UMD, it's the better option for sure.
GULC is in soso part of town as well, but again, you'd put that aside b/c of the quality of the school.
In the end, I think UMD is the better option on paper. But it's what you do in school that matters more. We aren't comparing Harvard to CUA. UMD is barely a Tier I.