Is there any scholarship money involved? Where do you think you could perform the best? It is amazing how much weather can effects someones attitude. I would take USC hands down.
1st day of class..
As long as the animal can put up with daytime neglect, having a dog (or cat) with you could make law school that much easier to deal with.
Are you engaged to this man? as much as we hate to consider it relationships end. people change, life throws us curveballs etc.. and unless you have both commited to spending the rest of your lives together then selecting a law school based on this relationship might not be the best idea. you have been admitted to some of the best law schools in the country--if that is what you **really** want then you owe it to yourself to take the opportunity (hello--MICHIGAN!) and go. if you rely on this person for emotional support, you can always pick up the telephone. find good deals on plane tickets. ask for vouchers for tickets for birthdays and christmases from friends and family. sometimes the fear or leaving the familiar cheats us out of the possibilities presented by the unfamiliar. you will be nervous and lonely the first few months but you will get through it. and three years from now you will be interviewing at firms that will more than likely not be accessible to you if you choose to go with schools in California--and you MIGHT be doing these interviews as a SINGLE man/woman because the relationship on which you based that law school decision is nothing more than a memory.This is good advice for the OP.