Marquette's reputation in Wisconsin

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Chriz
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Marquette's reputation in Wisconsin

Postby Chriz » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:02 am

How is graduating from Marquette viewed in Wisconsin? Is it a decent school? Will it offer decent jobs in Wisconsin?

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Re: Marquette's reputation in Wisconsin

Postby blurbz » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:15 am

It's obviously second to UW. Wisconsin markets are fairly insular, so you will probably need a connection to break into most of them. Feel free to PM me specifics of your situation: I'm fairly knowledgeable about the state.

No WI bar exam after graduating from UW/Marquette is nice, though....

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Re: Marquette's reputation in Wisconsin

Postby tww909 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:17 am

the reputation is good, however i would be very very hesitant to go to the school absent a gigantic scholarship. tuition alone is 38k/year and cost of attendance is over 58k/year.

if you go at sticker you will have massive loans that will only be easy to pay off if you get biglaw. only problem is <10% of graduates got those jobs before the downturn. since the downturn (per class of '11's NLJ250 data) <6.5% of grads got those jobs.

there is only one firm paying a market type salary in the milwaukee market that i am aware of that isn't NLJ250 (whyte hirschbock).

now on the other hand if you have a huge scholarship (read: full tuition) you could do far worse if your ultimate goal is some non-big law employment in wisconsin. but be very very very careful taking out any significant amount of debt in the wisconsin market. most people from either UW (where i spent 1L) or marquette (where my mother and numerous friends went to/go to school) do well to find JD required employment paying in the 50s or 60s after graduation.

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Re: Marquette's reputation in Wisconsin

Postby tww909 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:18 am

i'll second blurbz offer - feel free to PM me. i also know the market very well.

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Re: Marquette's reputation in Wisconsin

Postby alexandra23 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:33 am

I'm from WI and have talked to lawyers and they say Marquette and UW are basically equivalent when trying to get a job in WI. I'm sure UW is more marketable outside the state though.

One lawyer (who went to UW) told me Marquette has a really tight alumni network - tighter than UW.

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Re: Marquette's reputation in Wisconsin

Postby Chriz » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:58 am

That's reassuring... I am wait-listed at Madison but regardless of where I go I want to practice in Wisconsin, so marketability doesn't matter to me.

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Re: Marquette's reputation in Wisconsin

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:04 pm

Marquette's facilities are only a year or two old. Diploma privileges in Wisconsin. If you want to stay in Wisconsin, then Marquette is a solid choice.

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Re: Marquette's reputation in Wisconsin

Postby checkster » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:22 pm

Yeah, the new building is really fantastic.

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Re: Marquette's reputation in Wisconsin

Postby Chriz » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:42 pm

Now the only problem is the cost...




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