Biggest UIUC troll on TLS.
You constantly tell people to go to UIUC when the conversation has nothing to do with UIUC. Personally, I'm turning down a full ride at UIUC because I would absolutely killself if I had to spent three more years in the middle of bumfuck Illinois.
1. I am pretty upfront that I'm a huge Illinois troll.
2. Don't call Illinois "UIUC"
3. I asked him what other offers he had and it came up. Sue me.
4. I didn't tell him to go to Illinois, I told him to go to USC. And you appear to agree.
5. What are you taking instead? And what are your goals, etc?
You'll notice I don't go around telling people to take Illinois at sticker, but when they are offering much more money than other contenders, I feel like there is a bias to look at them as weaker than less expensive options (some psych major help me out and remind me what that cognitive bias is called).
If I might add a personal anecdote: I wanted to get out of Champaign too. Went here for undergrad, all my friends were leaving after graduation, wanted a change of scenery. But I do want to practice in Chicago so I applied, along with WUSTL, IU-B, Northwestern, DePaul, etc. I had high hopes of getting one of those big splitter packages that WUSTL used to give out, but alas they offered me only 10k/yr, when I was being offered 25k/yr from Illinois.
I looked into the matter, wisely ignored the USNews rankings, and concluded there was no way I should pay twice as much for the same job prospects, and came back to Champaign.
Is it a little weird being the old man on campus? Yeah. But I couldn't be happier with the law school itself, and I've been very successful here. So I troll. I feel like I can help people out.