hooty86 wrote:When I attended Berkeley, I absolutely HATED the city with a passion, and I'd definitely prefer living in Nashville for 3 years to another 3 in Berkeley, but I think in this situation I'd choose Berkeley over Vandy simply because the South is the last region I would consider working in and almost 50% of the class ends up in the region. It really depends on your individual goals and what you want to do/where you want to work. A pro with Vandy is that it has more access to more stable markets like NYC, DC, based on what I know about how many non-CA offices went to Boalt's OCI (I think only 10% were from OOS).
Keep in mind that a lot of us here actually do want to work in the south. This really cannot be overlooked.
Also, I meant to make this point earlier, but I think if you have what it takes to crack academia you're going to be a superstar no matter which school you choose. As such, I don't think this should enter much into a decision between these two schools.