Thanks for all the input, guys. The fact that all four of the schools are nearly indistinguishable in terms of faculty quality doesn't make my decision any easier, but it does give me more confidence that I'll be well off at whichever one I pick in the end. I guess I'll have to flip through the course offerings again and the clinics.
Oh well.. best get back to studying, for now. Only one exam stands between me and law school!
As for which side I want to be on, I'm mostly interested in the defense side (which I guess is good, since it leaves the private practice door open). I haven't gotten enough cash from any of the schools to make much difference -- 35k from Virginia, 0 from the others
. I suppose if you factor in the lower COL, UVA would come out 50k cheaper in the end, but.. not sure if that's enough to really influence my decision. I'm Canadian -- if I'm going for cheap law school, I'd just stay in Canada, where tuition is 15k a year, not 40k.
One question for those who know -- how is the housing situation at Penn and UVA? Is there housing near campus? I'm sure housing is much cheaper at both than NYC, but would I pretty much need a car to get around? Having been spoiled by going to a university where absolutely everything is within walking distance for undergrad, I'm not very excited by the prospect of having to buy a car.