call-me-bubbles wrote:My heart's been set on DC and Georgetown for a while, but my cycle's gone way better than I ever expected it to go. Would it be dumb to pass up UChi for Georgetown, or can anyone think of a situation where it would make sense/be defensible to do so? Interested mainly in public interest as well as immigration and child advocacy, and hoping to work abroad someday (though not necessarily practicing law abroad, because I know that can be tricky), as my spouse is European. Accepted to Georgetown's JD/MAGES program with scholarships for both, accepted at Chicago (top choice otherwise) and currently waiting on finaid info.
If you had a full ride to GULC and nothing from Chi, I would consider GULC. Chi opens the doors to higher-end outcomes if you end up going that way (nice clerkships, more competitive biglaw/boutique firms) that, while not closed to GULC, are generally reserved to only the most exceptional/lucky.
I'd do Chi in a heartbeat - you can get back to DC for law firm, public interest, or fedgov work with a Chi degree (probably even easier than with a GULC degree!). You will thank yourself during the pot-1L job hunt for choosing the better school.