TheStrand wrote:Have you attended admitted students' weekends? Between Columbia and Mich I'm not sure there's a wrong choice (would not really pick UCLA because of poorer placement in SF and because the price difference is weirdly not that large) so imo it would be down to fit.
Also, I'm originally from CA and have some leanings towards going to NorCal, and I noticed at the Mich ASW there was a pretty significant chunk of current students from California and from what they said to me, they had no difficulty working the Michigan alumni network and name in California in getting jobs for 1L and 2L summers. You still have to have ties to break into SF, which I would gather is true almost regardless of where you go, but I was pleasantly surprised at the reach. Apparently, Dean Z also personally wrote letters to alums for students wanting to be in that region as well.
*edit* I also want you to attend Michigan because your 'tar is amazing.
Yea, I visited Columbia for ASW I, and I'll be at Michigan's ASW II. Both schools seem to have a sizable chunk of the student body interested in working in California, and the consensus seems to be that with a 54k scholly at Mich, the difference comes down to which school I like better. Does that seem about right?
Edit: I appreciate the comments alot http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_D_Z-D2tzi14/S ... /ALOT4.png