I was just going to say that Hank has a bias against Michigan I'm in a similar situation, but with 20K from Chicago and waiting on Michigan finaid. Right now, it's just impressions that I'm going off of - I may have more helpful insights after Chicago ASW.
Same here. Do you know what type of law you want to or might want to practice? From what I hear, Chicago's LRAP program, despite improvements, still isn't that great, which would be a consideration if you're looking at public interest. In my case, I want to do a JD/MBA, and both have great business schools. I also want to do international business law, and Michigan places a much greater emphasis on international law than Chicago does, which gives Michigan a slight edge in my mind (not enough that I wouldn't go to Chicago if I went to ASW and clicked with the place, but enough that, given all other factors to be equal or near equal, it could be a deciding factor in favor of Michigan). Chicago places better with clerkships and academia, but I don't think choosing a school based on the chance that you'll be in the top 10-15% at the end of three years is a good decision. I spoke with my pre-law advisor yesterday too, and his opinion was similar to that of everyone else I've spoken with, which is that you're going to an amazing school regardless of which one you choose. If Chicago has a slightly better placement rate in firm jobs, etc., I don't think it's as big a difference as to preclude you from going to Michigan if you want to - it seems like at this level, we're talking fine distinctions, not major ones. And yeah, the summer start at Michigan is a major draw, which I considered taking - the ability to graduate a semester early (or take that extra semester and do an externship, or pursue a joint degree and still finish a bit earlier) seems great. I think you should definitely ask and see about attending the Chicago ASW - in the end, it's probably going to come down to your gut impressions, and where you'll think you'll be happiest (and most productive) for three years.