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lawzzz wrote:Do you think Duke's NYC biglaw advantage is worth the difference? Do most NU students self-select into Chicago biglaw, or are they less able to crack other major legal markets? Will Duke open more doors back in my home market than NU? Any information with respect to these options and these questions would be greatly appreciated!
Duke and NU are peer schools, there is no advantage for either school. The only places where their placement ability may be different would be in their home regions where each would have an advantage. Especially looking at either going to CA or NYC they have the same placement power. If you have some other reason to prefer Duke then I'd just try to use the NU scholarship to negotiate for them to match, otherwise if your goals are as you've stated I don't think Duke would make any sense in this situation.
ETA: this really just pertains to biglaw, fedgov is a lot weirder and I'm not as familiar with it so I can't say if Duke has any advantage there.
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I've definitely heard that idea on TLS (that if NY is your target market, Duke trumps NU). But obviously the data just doesn't support that. I also think a cursory review of their employment reports (which indicate the most popular destination of Duke grads is NY, and Chicago for NU) led me to this unfounded belief. I mainly just wanted to try to determine whether or not the majority of grads simply want Chicago biglaw, or if they were, to whatever extent, limited to Chicago biglaw. It seems like this is certainly not the case. Thanks for your advice!
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