The Rover wrote:
Sounds like this is a personal decision. Since you have lived in both Boston and DC, which do you like more? If I were you I would pick what I consider is the lower-risk option and go BC.
Thanks for the response and the advice. I have motivations to go to both cities, that in all honesty cancel out.
I am hanging on the idea that a GW degree will take me back to Boston easier than a BC degree will take me out of Boston. Because of this, I see the GW degree providing more biglaw opportunity. I just need to decide whether this increased opportunity is worth $60k. Or whether reducing my opportunity at NYC/DC biglaw from GW is worth it for greater financial flexibility at BC (given I really have only a 1 in 5 chance for biglaw at either school).
I have never seen a GW grad in Boston. There are very, very few BC in DC (but they are there). BC provides more bigfirm opportunity overall, but it will most likely leave you in Boston or NY unless you kill it. GW will stick you in DC or NY with a slightly less opportunity overall for bigfirm work.
TL;DR: GW for DC; BC for Boston or NY.