CanadianWolf wrote:Close call because OP works in LA as a journalist & wants to maintain ties to the LA entertainment industry.
OP: Although Penn clearly places into biglaw better than UCLA, you will be taking yourself out of your current network for three years. Visit Penn & ask about summer associate placement in Los Angeles. It would be helpful to know specific LA placement stats from both schools.
Also, ask UCLA for additional scholarship money since some has recently become available & your Penn acceptance with money will get UCLA adcomms' attention.
Ok I'll actually add something useful to this thread. I got UCLA to bump my scholly offer from 75k to 90k after mentioning a 30k scholly at Michigan. You can definitely get at least that much with a 45k offer from Penn on the table.
Good luck with your decision brother.