Irvine will undoubtedly be big dog in OC and will probably be well respected in the LA market as it is in the UC-system.
This is a tough one. If you are interested in public interest, I'd pass on GW. If Irvine weren't in its first year, I'd say go for it. I'm not really sure what sort of guidance you'd get towards a public interest career there. An established clinical program would be nice, but I think its almost important to keep in mind that your career is a lot of what you make out of it. Just because a school offers a nice public interest curriculum doesn't necessarily mean you'll be able to translate that into a career. You'll have to make your own path no matter where you go.Also are the requirements for keeping the scholly throughout all of law school relatively the same. Are they conditioned on a specific GPA? NYC is also very expensive compared to Irvine. Plus you'll be up against a host of other schools in NYC for the same job opportunities. Irvine will undoubtedly be big dog in OC and will probably be well respected in the LA market as it is in the UC-system.
Quote from: one4theteam on March 04, 2009, 10:06:07 PMIrvine will undoubtedly be big dog in OC and will probably be well respected in the LA market as it is in the UC-system. Even with their star faculty, that's still a huge if. The fact of the matter is that they're offering a full ride to the incoming class because they realize what a gamble it is to attend a brand new law school. You may be right that it will one day surpass UC Davis, but there's no way to tell now.Keep in mind that New York and SoCal are EXTREMELY different. Cardozo is an excellent regional school, and you'll have fewer job opportunities available back West if you attend. On top of that, while Cardozo places decently, it's in a saturated market that is currently hemmoraging jobs. It's still really hard to argue with a full ride, though.In your case, I'd probably pick either one of the full rides depending on where I wanted to work after graduation. GW is a cut above, but as you said you'll be paying significantly more, and you may find yourself stuck in D.C. for awhile after graduating (which is not really a bad problem to have).