ahduth wrote:Of the schools she's gotten into, I can't see why the OP would go to UVA over Chicago, other than the weather.
Do you have any reasoning from that? The OP wants NYC BigLaw. The latest stats published by each school's website suggest UVa would be the place to go.
Chicago publishes geographic info for the class of 2008. 19% went into the Mid Atlantic region, NY, NJ and PA. From a class of 250, that's 48 places a year assuming every one of them went to New York City and every one of them entered BigLaw.
UVA publishes aggregate data for the classes of 2007-9. 224 graduates from the three year period are in firm jobs in New York City. That's 75 places a year and 50% more graduates entering NY BigLaw than Chicago each year. From a class size of 350, that's 21% where we know the graduates are getting firm jobs in NY.
UVa sent 30 grads to PA and have 11 in non firm jobs in NY over the three year period. If Chicago has similar numbers, that would reduce the number of graduates going to NY BigLaw to around 35/year - less than half what UVa sends.
Perhaps someone has more recent stats from each school? From what the websites say, however, UVa sends a higher percentage of graduates into NYC and in terms of numbers has at least a 50% larger alumni base there.