I applied to both. WL at Maryland, still waiting to hear from American. Maryland has been Tier one since last year. Their health law program ranks #4 in the nation. If you plan to practice in the the Maryland , DC, VA area then they are thought of as the same. If you got accepted to Maryland and Georgetown that would be different. Personally, Maryland is my #1 choice mainly because of the cost(in-state) and the health law program. I have decided if American accepts me that I would not go. My suggestion to you would be to go visit the schools and sit in on the classes. Go were you feel most comfortable and think you can do the best.