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W&M versus Maryland?

W&M versus Maryland?
« on: June 19, 2008, 11:06:12 AM »
I'm trying to decide between William & Mary and the University of Maryland.  I expect to return to New England when finished, so neither school is ideal for employment (waiting on BU waitlist).  Since W&M is higher ranked, it is probably slightly better.  What I am looking for is input on the experience at each school, and each school's overall impression.

I've heard that W&M has a limited social and extracurricular life.  Local zoning in Williamsburg means few bars.  Students feel compelled to compete with UVA, making them very busy and aggressive.  Baltimore, on the other hand, is a city, so the social life should be good -- I know there are some dangers there as well.  But theoretically it isn't as high quality an education as W&M.  Would I enjoy (and thus get more out of) the experience at Maryland or W&M?  Any thoughts appreciated.

Re: W&M versus Maryland?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2008, 01:16:53 PM »
MD is an easy state to get in-state in, or so I'm told.

Re: W&M versus Maryland?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2008, 01:39:09 PM »
To get in-state tuition at UMD you must either (a) marry a Maryland resident or (b) have earned an income, not primarily derived from law school loans, for at least a year prior to applying for in-state status.  Doesn't seem easy to me.  Maybe it would be if I were swooning over a Baltimorean. 

That said, I am a Virginia resident who will be at UMD this fall.  I visited both schools and liked Maryland more.  If you thrive in urban environments, I'd suggest Maryland over W&M.  I'll gush about Maryland via PM if you'd like.

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Re: W&M versus Maryland?
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2008, 02:30:22 PM »
To get in-state tuition at UMD you must either (a) marry a Maryland resident or (b) have earned an income, not primarily derived from law school loans, for at least a year prior to applying for in-state status.  Doesn't seem easy to me.  Maybe it would be if I were swooning over a Baltimorean. 

That said, I am a Virginia resident who will be at UMD this fall.  I visited both schools and liked Maryland more.  If you thrive in urban environments, I'd suggest Maryland over W&M.  I'll gush about Maryland via PM if you'd like.

That still sounds doable. Get some kind of very PT job where you work like 1 day every 2 weeks for a few hours and there's your income. Hell, substitute teach every once in a while if you have a day you don't have classes on.

Re: W&M versus Maryland?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2008, 02:40:01 PM »
I have a friend who got residency by 2L without marrying or working. It's doable.