mfinn wrote:I'm between American, George Mason, Maryland (in state), UGA ($$) and Wake. I currently live near DC and am hoping to end up in the area. Any advice?
If I were you I would not pick American, it just costs too damn much. That's why I won't be going there, even though I like the school. And they are very stingy, they usually don't give more than a $10,000 scholarship to their students.
Maryland is a good deal in-state. I just don't like the location of the law school but if you do UMD has a better rep than American. I would also be concerned that American keeps dropping in the rankings, while UMD has generally kept it's ranking and reputation.
If you want DC, do not go to UGA. UGA is synonymous with the south and it won't really get you anywhere near DC unless you're near the top of your class.
Wake is OK, probably not your best option for DC but it's doable. George Mason is a good choice and is respected in DC; I kind of wish I would have applied there to give myself more DC options. I believe they are big on gov't, not sure though.
If I were you, I would pick George Mason or UMD to stay close to DC.