After finishing my first year at Catholic and uncovering some really underhanded tricks they pull, I'd suggest not Catholic.
As a specific example, my lawyering skills class (2 credit writing course in fall and spring semester) is a core course for 1Ls. There are 8 sections of it. No person in any of the other 7 sections got less than a C- which is in line with the curve. My class had 3 Ds and an F. This grade distribution breaks every academic rule the school has; it breaks the teacher's syllabus promise for grading standards, and the administration gave the teacher a waiver to allow it with no questions asked. So 4 people in my section (16% of the class) have a D or F on their 1L transcript. Good luck to any of them finding a job. I am at the high end of the class and have brought this up to the two deans and have had a lot of double talk and a refusal to even consider redistributing the grades to reflect the school's policy.
Beyond that, Catholic's curve is pegged to a 2.8. That's a B-. Every other higher-ranked school in the DC area is set to at least a 3.0. That's a B. So as a 1L competing in DC, your GPA is going to look lower than every other student who is actually ranked at the same spot in the class. This is crippling. They do it to prevent transfers because every single year, Catholic loses its top 16% to better area schools. The dean of the law school claims that the other area schools are using an inflated grading scale, which is funny because for your 2L and 3L years, Catholic switches to a 3.0 mean to match all those "inflated" schools.
Scholarships--around 75% of 1L LSAT/GPA based scholarships are lost after the first year. Yes, you read that right. Catholic stacks most of its scholarship recipients into one or two sections. My writing section, for example has more than half of its people on scholarships as does the other section we are paired with in our classes. There are other classes with almost no scholarship people in them. So what that translates to is that if you stack a section with scholarship people, only 25% of them are going to be able to keep that scholarship by being in the top 25% of the law school class when compared to all the other sections. Therefore, MOST scholarships are lost. What do they do with all this freed-up money? They then redistribute it to the new top 25% of the law school.
This policy allows them to entice the non-scholarship folks who managed to do well to stay instead of transfer, and it keeps the smartie scholarship kids who because their section was stacked could not maintain their scholarships in school because their GPAs are too low to transfer. Thus, Catholic gets to entice newly-found smarties and retain screwed over original smarties to make a more competitive overall graduating class. It's diabolical. Of course the administration blindly denies this practice, but it's pretty obvious when more than 50% of your section has scholarships and 3Ls confirm the practice is in full effect.
In the meantime, after an exhaustive job campaign in Jan/Feb, I have a judicial internship this summer and was offered 4 others from DC Superior Court. So CUA folks can certainly get jobs, but it sure wasn't because of the career center. I applied to 128 judges without guidance to get my 5 nods. I must have stumbled on an application packet that worked.
I absolutely believe I made a mistake in choosing Catholic. That combined with how perilously close CUA is to falling into the 3rd tier should keep you away.
There is also close to no loyalty in the new alumni. The class gift this year, for example, had a whopping 11% of the class contributing one thin dime. I have had 3Ls in the law journals/law reviews tell me how much they hate CUA, and they're at the top of the academic food chain. Several of them have urged me to try to transfer if there's any way I can.
Wow-that's really shitty of the school to treat its students like that.