well, i talked to admissions and they said with my work experience (i have been at the Los Angeles DA's office amongst other things in the public interest area) that I could expect something. supposedly- they LOVE LA people too. I think it has to do with spreading the seed, ie, cali kids go to madison, come back, have good things to say about the school, and when they are in the position to hire, then madison will have more connections.
I am sure that the diversity plays a role on top of the networking, but all in all, they really seem to want ya to go there. Really- the admissions office KNOWS me. they remember me! who can say that for ANY california school?!
Yeah, I remember them being INSANELY nice when I called them a while back. I'll start poking around about $$ when I call them. I could definitly see myself going there... but paying 26K a year while the locals pay 9K will make it a little tough to swallow.