bns_77 wrote:Kent 2012 grad here...
I can't really speak for DePaul's IP program, but Kent has a pretty amazing IP certificate program and I know several people with jobs lined up in that area.
As was already mentioned, you won't have to go to the IIT main campus. The law school is in the downtown area. Even if you had to go to IIT's main campus, the "badness" of the area is a non-factor.
I know how this board rolls and you can't ask about a non-T14 without getting the typical gloom and doom responses, but I know numerous people graduating this year with BigLaw lined up. There are also those that *gasp* aren't gunning for BigLaw who do fine, especially in IP since that market centers around smaller boutiques and not huge firms.
If you're getting 60k from Kent, I'd do that.
Transferred out of DePaul after 1L, just graduated from T14 here...
Kent places better than DePaul in anything law firm related but that's not necessarily saying much. I know of maybe 5 people (personally and from those still there) who have big law lined up. No one got a job through OCI and they landed them because of family connections or neighbor connections. Do you have those? As for Kent, I have friends there who would recommend you don't go but they must not be the "numerous" people with biglaw lined up. I wouldn't imagine that number is too large so if you want to bank on getting a great job you better kill it 1L year. I would only say that if you are going to take a risk like that, realize that like planning on transferring, almost everyone thinks theyll kill it 1L.
GO to kent if you must...retake if possible