Cost is not an issue, but my NY and Chicago area choices are the most cost effective in the region. That's why I've selected them. However, I'm particularly worried about Rutgers, because I want to work in private practice, and Rutgers seems so geared toward the public sector; I also want to try to avoid working in NJ. Still, its the closest to home, and better than a school like Brooklyn at sticker price.
Cast your vote and share your opinion. Keep in mind I am not focused on debt, but rather which school provides the best chance for entrance into a semi-respectable career in private practice. Right now I'm leaning toward Miami (hence the avatar), because its the third best school in Florida, generally well respected in South Florida, and surely faces a little less competition than Rutgers and Kent. The small size of the Florida market worries me. However, the crowded nature of the other two markets is equally concerning.
As for regional preference? I don't have one, except to say that Chicago is my least favorite city. I'll go wherever the odds of success are best.
Rutgers boasts the best employment numbers and highest median private practice salary, but only 40% of its graduates enter private practice. Many find work as judicial clerks or get involved in public interest work. Chicago Kent and Miami both place 60+% into private practice.
I realize these are not great schools, but they're the best I've got at the moment.
Waitlisted at Iowa, W&M, Cardozo, American, and Loyola-LA. Don't expect to get off any of them.
Got into Temple today. Feel pretty good about the price and prospects. Plus a family home in PA means I could possibly establish residency. Going to head there unless I get a very good offer from USD, which also rendered a decision today.
Thanks for all the help folks!