JOThompson wrote:Trust me, I know. However, I’m trying to convince myself that after I get some work experience that I will be able to work in NorCal with a UMN degree. Unfortunately, I’m having some difficulty finding out how portable a UMN degree actually is (ever after being out a few years). Davis has given me a little money and the COL would be a little lower than Hastings, but my debt would still be worse than if I went to UMN. However, I’m thinking that it might be the best overall option (more debt than UMN, but better location. Not in SF like Hastings, but less debt). I’m actually going to visit both Davis and UMN in April (they both have travel stipends) and hopefully that will help sway me one way or another. It’s actually reassuring to know that you were in the same boat as me somewhat, and that you have no regrets about picking UMN over the UC schools.
Right out of law school, a UMN degree doesn't seem to offer much portability. The site only shows a few California firms that recruit at OCI. It's certainly possible if you have strong connections back west though. With a few years of experience, I imagine it'll be easier to relocate. For you, Davis might be a good compromise. You'll be positioned for NorCal but with less debt than Hastings. I think it'll be very helpful to visit all the schools.
I was unsure about UMN until I visited. The school and the city impressed me. I feel that the Minnesota economy is also somewhat insulated from the economic woes that are affecting states like California. It'd also be cheaper for me to attend UMN than a school like Hastings at sticker. So it was a pretty clear decision in my mind.
Are you currently enrolled at UMN? If so, what are the job prospects generally like right now? How are the 2L and 3Ls handling this mess?
Also, and more importantly, what about your visit and/or time in the Twin Cities has made you prefer them over NorCal. I understand that Minneapolis/St.Paul is/are great, but you’d take them over SF? Any and all info regarding the city is as much appreciated as anything about the school. I’ve never set foot in MN (fuck, I don’t think anyone in my family even has).