« on: July 12, 2006, 03:08:06 PM »
First of all, congratulations on both. Im sure you have thought of these things, but sometimes under periods of stress we forget to consider the obvious. Going part-time to start might not be so bad as the first year can be extremely grueling and this would certainly make your load lighter as a 1L. Yes, you would eventually have to catch up but by that point you would have a better understanding of what is required of a law student. Here are some other things to consider:
1. Location: Where is the school located?
2. Career Prospects: Will the school provide you with the strongest background for the area/location in which you would like to practice
3. Money: Both are state schools so I would doubt there is a signficant difference here, unless you are a resident in one of the two states in which case money may be a deciding factor.
4. Law Review: Will you be able to grade on as a PT student or will you be required to write on. Additionally, when will you be eligible for law review.
5. How much do U.S. news rankings/prestige matter to you? Im sure youve thought about this one a thousand times already.
6. EC's: Clinics, journals, and other extra law school opportunities. Sports program v. does UB have sports? Watching a game can be a lot of fun. Not that this should be a deciding factor or there will be lots of time for these things, but you need something to relieve the stresses of law school. Watchin "the game" might help with this.
Im just getting ready for 1L too so its not like I have any actual experience with these things or how it might work out, but off the top of my head these seem to be some important factors to consider when making your decision.