I'm from the Boston area and my parents live there, so there are some definite benefits to moving back there to attend BU or BC. But even between those two I'm having a hard time making up my mind! BU just complicated things by offering me about a 1/3 tuition scholarship. (I am trying to get money from the other two, but nothing so far.) Also, I visited BC over the weekend and wasnt really crazy about it...I know it's a great school and I think it has much to offer me, but I feel like it's sort of the "safe" (ie comfortable) choice. BU would be cheaper but it doesnt offer as many programs that I'm interested in (international law, immigration law, etc) and the campus (tower) is not very inviting... On the other hand, I think I believe that Texas is the best school of the three, and they offer a lot of programs that interest me. The problem is that Texas is so far away from all of my family in New England and from my SO, who is planning on staying in the DC area for a while longer. I'm a little bit afraid that, as a person with no current connections to Texas whatsoever, I might feel a little isolated? I probably want to work in the government, a clerkship or for a public interest organization after I graduate, but I haven't ruled out the possibility of Biglaw for a few years as a means of eliminating LS debt... I'll probably be looking to intern and work in DC, NY or Boston.
I chose BC over BU because by all accounts, BU is a super competitive large corporatate law training center, whereas BC is a smaller, more community-oriented school, which is what I'm into. BC has an international law program too, and a study abroad program with lots of european schools.
BC is much better for international law than BU. BU does not have as many, nor as highly regarded programs in the area. If this is truly your desire, keep the objective in mind when choosing a school. I would usually say that Texas would be the top choice followed by BC and then BU, but given that International Law is your objective, I would say BC should be the obvious choice.
Sounds like you probably want to stay in Boston, but if you do choose UT I doubt you'll feel isolated there. It's a very friendly, welcoming place. I'm from the NE originally and did an MA at UT. I made tons of friends and loved Austin. There are plenty of people from the NE.That said, if you want to work in the NE, BU or BC is probably just as good a degree to have as UT.