« on: June 04, 2007, 12:19:15 PM »
If I were making this decision (and, in fact, I just made such a decision) I would choose the school at which you will accumulate the least amount of debt that is also located in an area in which you could see yourself practicing for 3-5 years after graduation. Case is a fine school, no doubt about it, but I'd imagine that it is every bit as regional as every other non-top 20-ish school. Does Case have a strong alumni base in the pacific northwest? Does it place well in Seattle, Portland, etc? These are questions you will probably want to answer before making a final decision.
Just my two cents...
This is very good advice. The way I see it, once you are out of T14 and in some cases T20, you have to really start thinking in terms of comparing regions or cities, not school "names" (whatever amorphous entity that is). In reality, Case Western Reserve, like most other T1, T2, T3, and T4 schools, does not have powerful tentacles that can reach across regions into several states. This is a huge country, with thousands of localities, legal markets, and little niches known only to people within a few hundred mile radius.
Amass as much numerical evidence as you can on the numbers of Case and Gonzaga grads working in the regions or cities you may be interested in working in three years' time. (not forever, but, say, between 3 and 5 years after graduation). The best way I have found is to do a Martindale search (PM me if you need help) and look at self-reported employment (albeit often flawed) and OCI stats, but if anyone knows of other options, post them.
If you find that, as I suspect, Case does not reign outside of Ohio and possibly the states that border it, and if you are not satisfied with living in these places 3-5 years after graduation, and if Gonzaga's locale is a place you'd wanna be for that long, you have your answer.