I've narrowed my choices down to these two schools, but can't seem to decide between them.
Buffalo is offering a very generous scholarship on top of the very low in-state tuition rate, and appears to offer a very solid legal education. Penn has offered no scholarships, and will most definitely not offer any need-based aid to someone in my situation. However, Penn appears to place grads over a much broader geographic area, has a higher percentage of students involved in law journals and clinics, and has significantly more grads obtaining clerkships.
I'm concerned about applying to Penn because I've been admitted to the Carlisle campus, not the main University Park campus. The Carlisle campus is closer to Harrisburg, and it seems as though folk going there have an easier time securing government jobs at graduation. I'd like to end up in the DAs office, or perhaps something similar. However, it appears that most professors are located at the University Park campus. Yet even if I transfer to the University Park campus for the second or third years, there'd still be courses for which I'd have to teleconference. While the admissions office claims that there hasn't been any negative response to the teleconferencing, I'm still not sure whether it wouldn't be detrimental to learning the material, especially for upper-level courses. Since I wouldn't be able to afford a car while paying Penn tuition, I'd also have a rather difficult time finding off-campus externships and such if I were to transfer to University Park, as quite a few folk have recommended.
Essentially, I'm wondering whether Penn is worth the much higher tuition as compared to Buffalo. Any feedback would be much appreciated.
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I currently go to Dickinson College and therefore share a campus with the law school and have researched the school extensively. Unless you're going big law, I think there's a HUGE advantage to the Carlisle campus as numerous clerkships exist in the surrounding area. Also you'll enjoy the same quality of facilities and a much smaller physical class size.