I totally get where you're coming from. I went to UW undergrad and swore up and down I wouldn't apply there and would in fact leave the NW all together to branch out somewhere else, preferably sunnier like LA. When it came down to it (and my numbers kept me out of UW) I knew SU was a great regional school in an area I'm already comfortable in and love. All my friends are already in Seattle and my family's close by. I'll be able to make it home for holidays or family emergencies without much cost (other than ga$ obviously). It took me a couple years out of school to get a better picture of what I wanted out of my total law school experience and to see that, for me at least, it's not all about going to a big city where I'd have a better shot at big law.
Thanks, Lady Luck! I really need the input. It's not an easy decision to give up $ at a school like UT Austin, but I've had a great experience at SU, and I know rankings aren't everything. Btw, for everyone worried about tuition: SU's pretty generous with scholarships and grants. They just wrapped up a big fundraising campaign last year, and because they raised more than the target amount, they gave the excess to the students. All of us (including grad students) were encouraged to apply; the application was just a formality, since anyone who showed interest got money. Plus, the first year at SU Law will be expensive, but they give out extra scholarships depending on your rank after the 1st year. So if you're confident that you can beat the curve, tuition won't be so bad. I've got a final in 45 minutes, but I might head over to Sullivan afterwards and try to get an idea of the amounts they give out for performance. Thanks again, Lady Luck! Hope everyone has a great day!