clarion wrote:Hey guys, rather than starting my own personalized thread, I figured I might as well tag onto this one. I'm currently trying to decide (barring a miraculous acceptance into NYU, Columbia or Harvard) between GULC (maybe with money), Cornell if I get in (late application), WUSTL (with 40k a year) and IU-Bloomington (full-ride). Aspirations: born and raised in FL, currently at FSU, but am not sure whether I want to return to FL after LS, or live somewhere else (like NY where there's more to do...). On the one hand my whole family is in So Fla and friends and what not, but on the other hand, having never lived out of state, I don't know if I'd more enjoy living somewhere else (hence why I only applied to out-of-state schools).
So my question is this: based on the legal market in FL, would a school like WUSTL or IU have trouble getting me a biglaw job in South Florida somewhere? (Anywhere in the tri-county area). I realize there are other considerations like WUSTL or IU being (un)able to get me into the NY market, but for the sake of this thread I figured I'd just focus on that. Any insight/help is appreciated, thanks!
Edit: Also, to clarify, I'm considering IUB because they have an insane school of music, and as a (current) music major, I'd say my QoL would be pretty substantially increased by something like that. A personal consideration worth... considering.
A quick Martindale search reveals that there are merely 10 attorneys in the entire state of Florida from WUSTL and only 123 from IUB. Just for perspective, this is in comparison to 9668 attorneys from the University of Miami. Going to either of these schools would put you at a significant disadvantage, since you'd essentially be on your own for your job search and you won't have many (if any) alumni to connect with. Ultimately, if you did well at either school you could probably find a big law or small law job in Florida due to your connections to Florida, but it would be difficult to do so and would require a lot of leg work. The fact that you would not be in state to network may also disadvantage you, although you could probably cure that if you found work in Florida your 1L summer. Finally, NALP reveals that only 4 unique Florida firms come to OCI at Wash U (which was actually better than what I was expecting) and 0 come to IUB.
Alternatively, I think I school like GULC would be a better fit if you want to return to Florida, especially if you want to work at a big firm. A NALP search for GULC Florida firms reveals that GULC gets 11 unique Florida firms at OCI. In addition, in attending GULC, not only will you be closer to Florida and living in a major, interesting city, but you'll be at an advantage mass mailing because (at least I imagine) smaller Florida firms will recognize that GULC is a good school, whereas they probably would not for IUB and might not for WUSTL.
The same that is true of GULC is probably true of Cornell, though Cornell only gets 2 Florida firms at OCI according to NALP.