Ok, so I just got off Pitt's waitlist this morning and I have until monday to decide.
I am currently slated to attend Case Western as a PT student. PT as Case is 12 credits during the day. I would take one class (crim law) during the summer to catch up and transition to FT for 2L. I have an apartment lined up, but I would only lose $50 by not moving to Cleveland. I have been to Cleveland and to Case a few times and I liked both. My total debt load will be around 150K at Case.
As I said, I got the call this morning that I am off Pitt's waitlist. When I started this cycle Pitt was higher on my list than Case. I will be a FT student at Pitt, so next summer I would be free to work/intern/extern etc. I will probably pay full at Pitt, out of state this year, in state the last two. So my debt will be about 115k. I haven't been to Pittsburgh since I was very young (9). My cousin lives there, and it really seems like a city I would enjoy.
Case has more employers coming to OCI than Pitt. They're both T2 schools. I would probably save 30-35K by going to Pitt. It looks like Case does offer better career prospects, but not by a large margin. I think class at Pitt starts the 24th, but I dont know when I'd need to be there (maybe the 17th?)
My life will be more hectic and stressful by making the move to Pitt this late I think, is it worth it? I understand the regionalness of both schools, I cant imagine not being ok with living in either city after law school.
My girlfriend of 3 years (longterm committed relationship) is getting her PhD at Ohio State and will be there for the next 5 years. I would like to (I know, I know, don't count on it and I'm not) transfer to OSU after 1L. Will being an Ohio resident via living in Cleveland make it easier? Or I will I need the same grade from either? I would like to work in Columbus after law school while she finishes up her PhD. Case has 11 firms from Columbus do OCI and Pitt has 3. I would live in Columbus during the summer and network regardless of which school I'm at.