Heh, I'm making the same decision UT vs GW (vs stay at my job) The finances are ever more agonizing when attending lawschool means giving up 3 years of salary....
For me, though, UT is more expensive, since GWU gave me some $ and I'm not a TX resident.
Why is UT so cheap for you? Are you a resident?
I think the weather is a big part of lifestyle happiness, not to be ignored.
The city life is important too; do you like Austin?
If you want to work in DC, GW is much better for placement.
UT is ranked higher, but I've never understood *why*. The numbers I've seen comparing the schools are comparable. GWU has been improving its class strength in recent years, so I think its current reputation is lower than its rep will be by graduation.
What do you want to *do* after law school? Where do you want to do it? Do like living in a big Metro area or a small city in the middle of Texas? Where do you think you'll meet your mate?
If you are already set on making a career as a lawayer of the highly paid variety, then $90K at the head is nothing. Nothing. Don't forget summer employment during law school, when calculating costs.
P.S. Don't choose Catholic over GWU. The scholarship there doesn't come close to the opportunity cost.
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