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employment in NJ vs MD

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 09, 2010 6:16 pm

so i am considering matriculating at rutgers-newark vs unv of maryland and was wondering anyone could give me any advice on the legal market in NJ vs MD and near by cities NJ (NYC) vs MD (DC). any huge significant difference in either areas, i know both schools do well regionally but not sure how the markets overall compare to each other? any thoughts?

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Re: employment in NJ vs MD

Postby 3 Stripes » Tue May 11, 2010 12:00 pm

There is no one-answer-fits-all response. Finding out what's right for you will be contingent on your answers to the following: What kind of law are you looking to practice? Where would you like to live/practice? How much money are you being offered from each school? Until you get these answers, it's basically a guessing game as to what would be a better market for you.

But I will add this: based on the knowledge and advice of students who attend not only Rutgers Newark but Rutgers Camden as well, one should not attend either assuming to find employment in the NYC market. You've got to realize that in a market jam-packed with students from Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Fordham, Cardozo, Brooklyn and even St. John's, placement in NYC is EXTREMELY difficult. And this isn't even considering the students from law schools outside of NY who are gunning to practice in the NYC market. If you want to attend Rutgers-Newark, go ahead but expect to find employment within the NJ area, in which Rutgers reigns supreme. The students from Rutgers who are most likely to find employment in the NYC are well within the top 10-15% of their class. With that said, Rutgers is a fine school if you can accept living in NJ.

While DC is also packed with students from law schools (Georgetown, George Washington, American and Howard, along with those from schools outside of DC), the DC market is regarded as the "most recession proof market" and is a city where 1 out of every 12 people are attorneys; while there may be lawyers all over DC, the fact that DC is the nation's capitol and has jobs everywhere will always seek lawyers. And working in the DC market from Maryland is much more feasible than finding employment in the NYC market from Rutgers, although it is possible.

Make sure you do what fits into your goals and plans for the future and go to the school that can best get you to achieve them. Everything else will sort itself out.

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