What if you want to work in Chicago?

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Lawschoolbound316
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What if you want to work in Chicago?

Postby Lawschoolbound316 » Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:25 pm

Hi everyone! Long time lurker, first time poster. Besides the obvious northwestern and university of Chicago, what other t-14 schools have the best placement in Chicago? Any help/links are very appreciated! Thanks :)

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Re: What if you want to work in Chicago?

Postby zugzwanger » Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:29 pm

After having gone through OCI and hearing some various stories from people, I think a lot of it for Chicago is ties and the sensitivity of firms in Chicago for people having them/having the intention to stay. You can probably get to Chicago from any T-14 with solid grades, but I would think (without a really strong basis for it) that going to say NYU/Columbia/other schools out east signal maybe that you prefer NYC...maybe the same for Duke/Georgetown/Virginia for DC etc.

I personally think it's surprising how much Chicago firms care about ties, but from my experience and that of others, it's a big deal out here.

EDIT: NU, Chicago, Michigan haha

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Re: What if you want to work in Chicago?

Postby anonid » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:37 am

What's the angle here? Love Chicago but don't want to go to school there? Not good enough for NU, but could swing Cornell/Michigan/GULC?

I don't know, but I would guess keeping U of I, ND, and Wash U on your radar would be a good idea. If you're only on the fringe of T14, you can probably get good money at any of those and they do 25-30% big firm with IL as the #1 (or nearly #1) landing place. I know people in Chicago biglaw and all of these schools are genuinely respected.

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Re: What if you want to work in Chicago?

Postby mickey_mouse » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:54 am

Here's some summer associate classes from other threads for reference:

This year's Kirkland Chicago office SA class (from summer classes 2015 edition thread):

Kirkland Chicago
41 Total

Yale: 1
Harvard: 2
Stanford: 1
Columbia: 1
Chicago: 10
Penn: 1
UVA: 2
Michigan: 1
Northwestern: 13
Vanderbilt: 2
GW: 1
Notre Dame: 2
UIUC: 1
Chicago-Kent: 3

And these are from the 2014 edition:

Jones Day Chicago, including 1Ls:

1 Yale
5 Harvard
2 Chicago
3 Michigan
1 Virginia
2 Northwestern
4 Notre Dame
2 Boston College
3 Illinois

Total: 23

Skadden Chicago

Yale 2
Harvard 2
Stanford 1
Chicago 4
Penn 2
Michigan 4
Northwestern 5
Georgetown 2
Boston U 1
Loyola Chicago 2
U. of Maryland 1

Total 26

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Re: What if you want to work in Chicago?

Postby KMart » Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:38 am

I think Michigan, but as long as you have good ties and intentions to stay you should be alright (assuming grades are where they need to be).

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Re: What if you want to work in Chicago?

Postby mickey_mouse » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:34 am

UC (29%), Michigan (15%) and NU 37%) are the only three T14s that have Illinois has one of the three largest employment states from ABA's most recent reports. After that, WUSTL (12%), Notre Dame (16%) and Iowa (11%). This obviously doesn't speak to the quality of the jobs in the state, but still.

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Re: What if you want to work in Chicago?

Postby Username123 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:51 am

mickey_mouse wrote:UC (29%), Michigan (15%) and NU 37%) are the only three T14s that have Illinois has one of the three largest employment states from ABA's most recent reports. After that, WUSTL (12%), Notre Dame (16%) and Iowa (11%). This obviously doesn't speak to the quality of the jobs in the state, but still.


Also, UIUC - 59.7%




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