I have until the "close of business" today to pay the $500 deposit for Hastings. If I'm going to leave my home state, I'm having trouble deciding whether Hastings or Minnesota will offer the best opportunities. I really have no idea where I want to work in the future, but I'd prefer not to be limited to any region of the country if at all possible. The ECA for Hastings is $54,638, and only $46,407 for Minnesota. The location of Hastings (San Francisco) is more appealing to me than the location of UMN (Minneapolis) for the short term, but I honestly don't think I'd really want to live in either city in the long term.Is anyone here familiar with how the schools compare in terms of reputation, and national job prospects? In your opinion is the additional cost of Hastings, coupled with the lower ranking outweighed by the better location and job prospects?Also, as a side note, I am interested in IP law (I'm an engineer), and Hastings doesn't seem to have very much in this area, while UMN is fairly highly regarded as an IP school from what I can tell.
If you want to live in the North Central states: go to MinnIf you want to live on the West Coast: go to HastingsIf you want to live anywhere else, prepare for some absurd amounts of legwork.
In my opinion there is no question here. UMN. They have a fantastic IP program, a great environment, and lots of contacts in the area for part time work during the year or in the summer. If Hastings costs more money than UMN, I wouldn't even consider Hastings. Have you been to the tenderloin? Have you been to the twin cities?Go to Minnesota.