The IP program makes for very interesting academics, I'm sure, but it is a red herring when it comes to job opportunities. The biggest factor in the IP job market is whether you have a hard science background. If you do, you will be just as marketable from W&L as from GW, even in spite of GW's program.
It's not a full ride, but tuition wise, very nearly there. I've almost signed a lease for housing at D.C. and I have to admit it was a bit of a shock to learn how expensive it was. I just called W&L and they still have reasonable rates and no waiting lists for on-campus housing which is pretty reassuring.I have a B.S. in Computer Science, and I'm interested in doing Patent Law. I haven't visited Lexington, and I've only done a tourist-type visit of D.C. Well I enjoyed D.C., I've spent most of my undergraduate career at small-town type colleges like W&L, and I can't help but feel that I would be more comfortable there.My only problem is that I would like to work somewhere in CA or NY, and I feel that I might have problems getting a job in those markets if I went to W&L as opposed to GWU. I've heard that W&L has a lot of regional appeal, but not a great deal of national pull when it comes to big firms. Is that true?Thanks.
You're leaning towards W&L because you're comfortable in small towns, yet you want to work in CA or NY? I think it's about time you got used to the latter. Go to GW, milk its IP program and clinic for all they're worth, then pay off your $200k loans in four years.