DukeHopeful wrote:You say you'd rather be handcuffed to DC than to the South, but to me that doesn't sound very logical. The South is huge, with quite a few big markets, and a ton of small and mid-size markets. DC is DC only. Perhaps you don't envision yourself a fan of the South, but I can't see that being the case unless you've just never spent much time here. (I don't know if this the case or not, feel free to correct me with your justification.) There are so many different markets/areas in the South that I think anyone could find a place that they'd be happy in. Aside from Duke and some UVA grads, Vandy is pretty solid in the South. GW is competing with quite a few big-name schools in DC, including the aforementioned Duke and UVA, as well as GULC and other T14s.
I don't know the exact COL in Nashville, but I can tell you DC is outrageously expensive. Not just for housing, which you're lucky to get that first year paid for, but for most other things. $8 beers, $10 Jack and Cokes, etc. Again, I can't comment on Nashville, but at my school, I can find bars all over with $1 beer nights on Thurs, Fri, and Sat nights. It adds up over a year.
I happen to know a managing partner at an NLJ250 firm in the South, who is a Vandy grad. I just spoke with him this weekend, and all he could talk about was how big Vandy is in the South. He was telling me that at one point, five of the six managing partners at the largest firms in the South were all Vandy grads.
My vote would be Vandy, even though I love DC. GULC might be different, but with your options, I'd go with Vandy so long as you know you'd be happy there for three years.
Thanks. It's not that I think I'd be unhappy
in the South. But I've always seen myself in DC, NYC, or Chicago. I've spent a reasonably significant amount of time in the South and traveling through it. I have an aunt and uncle in Nashville who went to UT-K.
The cost of living is definitely something to think about too.
And starting March 9th my boyfriend and I can get married in DC if we want. Heh heh. Don't see that happening in a Southern state any time soon.