if you want to live in the twin cities, then i would go to UST. there is a lot to be said for minimizing your debt. besides UST has already defied expectations debuting at T3. it is a solid school with an established alumni network in minneapolis (the business school has graduates in every major company there from multinationals like 3M, Cargill, Northwest, General Mills and Hormel to smaller companies like Honeywell). its law graduates although fewer in number already work outside the midwest (although you have to assume your best bet is in the cities) and in the big firms in minneapolis (to include Whitney a Vault 100). even if you don't make JAG i don't see why UST cannot lead to a fruitful career in a great city. one word of caution...although i think your JAG aspirations are plausible i would not go around mentioning your goals to become a Colonel or flag officer, or the civilian payoff of reaching 0-6 and above in the military to the OSO or to your peers. as a guy who just got out as an O-3 (Marine, pilot with a few JAG pals) the correct answer is always "i've always wanted to do what i can to help out my country". careerism is the surest way to retiring as a bitter O-4
Why are you such a UST troll? I don't get it.
Advising someone to go to a new T3 over an established T1 borders on negligence.
My current line of thought suggests that location trumps USNews rank gross disparity. The UI-B/StTThomas might not be sufficient. Anyways, I'm debt phobic, and if I don't make JAG, I don't think I'd wanna do Big Law.