2. Is this a region you want to work in for possibly the rest of your life? (Assuming not t14 school)
3. How much competition does your school realistically get in that region?
4. How is the legal market in that region?
I would also add that it depends on what your career goals are. The factors most important to you will vary somewhat if you want to work in NYC BigLaw vs. small town PI work vs. West Coast IP.
Edit: I'm also a 1L in a LTR. I moved to Boston for LS, he's in NYC still. It's certainly sucked for both of us, but I chose Boston over a higher ranked school in the Midwest. My SO wasn't THE deciding factor, but it certainly made a difference. I'm glad I ended up where I am. I can't imagine having been a plane ride away from him. It definitely would have added to my stress. We're going strong (together for 3 years going into LS, lived together for 2 years in NYC). We're now working on being in the same city next year, either Boston or NYC.
So if you're SURE about your SO, you can get through just about anything.
And don't discount how having their support/being close will make a difference to you in LS. It will.
Awesome! thank you so much for all that info! I know these issues aren't new at all. But like I said before, there is just so much to consider that I feel like I've been loosing sight of the key issues that'll matter most to me in 2, 4, 6, +++ years down the road. Am I really going to care more about how the campus does its landscaping compared to tens of thousands of dollars of debt? Probably not... But I can't say that for sure, which is why I am asking those of you that are 2+ years further down the path than me.
This thread certainly got off track quickly. So I'll do a quick bump with the original question: Looking back after 3 years, what were the factors you wish you had used to choose a school, and which were the factors that really just amounted to noise?
Ideally, have some experience, not just speculation, and def mention if you have any thoughts on being in a long term relationship going into law school. Thanks!