JCUGuy0428 wrote:Where did you get those employment statistics?
If those came from the schools, I would be EXTREMELY skeptical of them. Are some of those "full-time" students employed by the school? Are they jobs that required a JD? All the usual questions. Secondly, you want PI, which can be in some ways tougher than your other avenues of employment (firms, judges) depending on what you want to practice and where.
You mentioned you got into Penn State, since BU and ND suck at PA placement, have you looked harder into Penn State and their placement? Granted they are ranked about 50 spots lower, but you might find they place better in PA just because they are bound to be more Penn State grads in the area. I'm completely ignorant of Penn State, its quality, and its placement, but its an idea I would consider.
I don't necessarily think that BU and ND's PA placement "sucks." I think it's far more likely that students are just self-selecting out of that area. I really don't need to be in PA, I don't mind anywhere int he area, NJ, NY, etc. NY is BU's second highest placement and ND's 3rd. Both of the schools seem to have national placement.
As far as Penn State. It's not really in the same league as ND or BU and I feel like I owe it to myself to go to a better school.