romothesavior wrote:Lord Randolph McDuff wrote:Surely someone with a nebraska degree could go work Oregon, but the point is that had that person known he/she wanted to work in Oregon he/she would have been much better served by going to Lewis/Clarke or U of Oregon. Going to a local school is a huge advantage.
According to UNL's job data on their website (which I must admit is quite helpful), only 1 person got a job in Oregon in the class of 2010. Nearly 80% of the class stayed in Nebraska, and 83% of the class stayed in the "West North Central" region. Yes I'm sure a lot of this is self-selection, but to talk about Nebraska as having national reach given these stats is just kind of silly.
The biggest weakness in the data is that it doesn't tell us how many people got J.D.-required, full-time jobs. I'd be interested in knowing what that number is, and I would push them on it before matriculating.
Further, the 25%ile of those who reported salaries (which we are not told how many this is) is $19,000. This means a quarter of the class is making under $20,000. The 25%ile for firms is $32,000. and the median firm salary is $52,000. Of course, Nebraska has very low cost of living and it sounds like OP has a lot of scholarship money to go there. But this data again backs up what everyone has been saying ITT; UNL is a very regional school with mediocre job prospects. This isn't disparaging. It's just the truth.
Finally, this data is also from the c/o 2010. Would be interested to see the same comprehensive data for c/o 2011, which is almost certainly worse.
These numbers are wrong. The range means the lowest reported to the highest reported. The lowest reported Minnesota salary was $20,000, so Nebraska's low doesn't scare me. And Nebraska has LRAP too, so there is some safety net. I know that Nebraska does not have the same numbers as Minnesota, but I know I want to stay in the Midwest (well, west of Chicago, north of Texas, and east of Utah/Idaho)... I also know that something like 40 of Minnesota's grads went to DC, NYC, Chicago, Massachusetts and California. What does that mean? It means that for the jobs I would be interested in, the salaries are not going to be anything like the overall numbers Minnesota publishes, which include the almost certainly higher salaries of students who leave the Midwest. I would guess that those 40 were all top 25-30% of the class, and that they all made in the 120-160 range, which means the overall figures are significantly inflated. In reality, if I stay in the Midwest, there is probably nothing close to the gap between Minnesota's figures and Nebraska's figures... they are probably much more comparable than they appear (when you consider that Minnesota's figures are inflated by 1/5 of the class, or almost all the way down to the 75th percentile, going to major markets for biglaw, where I have no interest in going). So that is why Nebraska maintains its appeal. Some of the gap that exists between Minnesota and Nebraska in terms of published figures results from people practicing in markets I don't want. So if I'm planning to stay here, there may not be a big enough gap between THOSE figures to justify the difference in cost (and temperature ).