cavalier1138 wrote: personofinterest wrote: cavalier1138 wrote: stego wrote: cavalier1138 wrote:
personofinterest wrote:Poster also said region is important. They don't like the Midwest and like the south/northeast. 3 years of living in a place you like more is worth something itself. Also, it could be easier to find backup options in a desirable location if biglaw doesn't workout. From what other posters have said, it may be easier to get biglaw in TX from vandy than wash u.
School location is not worth $75,000 in this case. The potential difference in regional job opportunities might be. But it would be beyond ridiculous to pay $75,000 for the chance to spend three years studying in Nashville instead of studying in St. Louis.
If you were going to itemize it how much more would you pay for:
- 12% better biglaw/fed clerkship chances
- 3 years in Nashville instead of St Louis
- greater ease of finding fallback options in more desirable location???
- greater chance at TX???
(I voted WUSTL btw)
On that list, I'd literally only consider the Texas difference when money was at stake.
Cavalier1138, why would you not consider all the factors? I think Stego's list is fair. I would choose WashU, but I am from the midwest. I had a similar choice where a southern school would have been cheaper, but I chose a midwest school and I am happy with the decision.
The other factors listed are relatively unimportant for this decision
. If you decided to go to a school in the Midwest that places its graduates in the Midwest but want to work in the South, then that would be a dumb decision. Where you want to work is infinitely more important than where you go to school. The catch is that outside of the top schools, those two things go together.
So yes, I would not consider whether someone likes Nashville more than St. Louis. I also would not give a 12% difference in BL/FC rates much weight when looking at schools that fluctuate in their placement rates quite a bit from year to year. So out of this list, Texas placement is by far the most important consideration, and it's the only one I would say justifies spending money.
Placement has been a huge consideration for me, not necessarily where I will be living for 3 years, don't get me wrong, I think I would prefer Nashville to St. Louis (lower crime, better collegiate environment, in the south, etc.), but this, at least to me, would not justify the difference in cost. Ending up working midlaw in St. Louis does not sound appealing to me at all. Although, I think I would be happy working in Chicago, but I would not bank on this considering how competitive the market is, what with U of Chicago, Northwestern, etc. Whereas working midlaw in a southern state (though it is not what I am aiming for) sounds much more appealing as I am more familiar with the culture.
In terms of employment, NLJ ranks Vandy as the 13th best law school for placing students in biglaw jobs (Wash U is ranked 24th); ATL ranks Vandy as the 11th best law school (Wash U is 17th). In terms of both placement and employment, Vandy seems to give me the best shot at achieving what I want to achieve and that to me seems to make it worth the extra debt, so as of now, I am leaning toward Vandy (the fact that it's in Nashville is just the icing on the cake).