What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

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cccZillo
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What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

Postby cccZillo » Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:40 pm

If we assume that Chicago, Northwestern and most of the rest of the T14 top the list, rank this list from best to worst, based on working in Chicago:

DePaul
Illinois
Indiana-Bloomington
Iowa
John Marshall (might as well include them all)
Kent
Loyola
WUStL
Wisconsin
Other?

Also, on a semi-unrelated note: How do people know how to answer this question? I know that's vague, but I feel like I could do an OK job ranking those schools based on how they place in Chicago, but I'd basically just be regurgitating what I hear here on TLS.

Is there a good source for this kind of info?

Thanks for the input everyone.

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Re: What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

Postby im_blue » Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:44 pm

Illinois
WUSTL
IUB / Iowa / Wisconsin
Kent / Loyola
DePaul
John Marshall

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Re: What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

Postby ahduth » Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:12 pm

Notre Dame amirite?

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cccZillo
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Re: What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

Postby cccZillo » Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:18 pm

Ah yeah, Notre Dame. Silly omission, especially since I applied there.

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Re: What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

Postby zILch » Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:21 pm

From the biglaw partners, government workers, judges, and midlaw people I know it Chicago (I know a lot of people in the city) the list is like this:

Illinois
WUSTL/Notre Dame
.
.
.
Minnesota/Wisconsin
Indiana/Iowa
.
.
Loyola
DePaul
Kent
.
.
.
John Marshal


That's how they respect the schools. In terms of straight up jobs, the schools located in the city may be closer to the other big state schools by virtue of their ability to do more during the year and network more consistently.

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Re: What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

Postby RVP11 » Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:43 pm

ahduth wrote:Notre Dame amirite?

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That graph isn't saying ND placed more people than Illinois into NLJ250 firms in Chicago, though.

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Re: What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

Postby nsideirish » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:41 pm

zILch wrote:From the biglaw partners, government workers, judges, and midlaw people I know it Chicago (I know a lot of people in the city) the list is like this:

Illinois
WUSTL/Notre Dame
.
.
.
Minnesota/Wisconsin
Indiana/Iowa
.
.
Loyola
DePaul
Kent
.
.
.
John Marshal


That's how they respect the schools. In terms of straight up jobs, the schools located in the city may be closer to the other big state schools by virtue of their ability to do more during the year and network more consistently.



Excluding NW and UChicago, that sounds about right.

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Re: What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

Postby beachbum » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:46 pm

Keep in mind that gainful employment in Chicago is gonna be tough for any of those schools (and harder for some than others). The WUSTL/IUC/ND tier is your best bet, but you're still gonna want to be top 20% to have a fighting chance.

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Re: What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

Postby Chris_cpb » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:46 pm

nsideirish wrote:
zILch wrote:From the biglaw partners, government workers, judges, and midlaw people I know it Chicago (I know a lot of people in the city) the list is like this:

Illinois
WUSTL/Notre Dame
.
.
.
Minnesota/Wisconsin
Indiana/Iowa
.
.
Loyola
DePaul
Kent
.
.
.
John Marshal


That's how they respect the schools. In terms of straight up jobs, the schools located in the city may be closer to the other big state schools by virtue of their ability to do more during the year and network more consistently.



Excluding NW and UChicago, that sounds about right.



Yeah this is what I've heard as well. UIUC has been called the Fordham of the Chicago market before. I chatted with someone about the third group here (minn/WI etc) and it didn't sound like chances would be good for getting a job in the Chi market at top 35%. That was just one person's opinion though.

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Re: What is the best school for practicing in Chicago?

Postby angiej » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:07 pm

If I can piggy back on OP's question - does it at all matter what type of work one wants to do in the city? For example, working in the State's Attorney's office. John Marshall alums makeup 1/5 of Illinois judges. Doesn't that count for something?




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