I don't think there's any difference at all between them in terms of placement. In terms of other stuff, it's more interesting.Northwestern:++Chicago+++Fewer 22 year old straight-to-law students getting on your nerves+Non-competitive atmosphere+Strong alumni community+Amazing Campus-High PricePenn:+Philly is a very nice town+Massive concentration of alumni in NYC (if you like NYC)-If you're heading to new york, you've gotta find extra lodging up there for summer clerkships, etc-Not the best reputation for community-Lots of whiny 22 year old straight-to-law students who chose penn because it was the highest ranked school they got into.edit: I think the northwestern average starting age is like 25. hardly a bunch of geezers.
Definitely biased, but that's what we do here. I'm from fairly near to penn, and I looked hard at both schools about 6 months ago. I decided not to even apply to penn. I just got a bad feeling about it, and I heard a number of bad things about the law school, the administration, and the types of students it attracts. I could have been misled.Yes, I know that the northwestern law school is in downtown chicago. Have you been there? It's pretty sweet, and is located in the nicest part of an amazing city.
Penn:+Philly is a very nice town