Unshake wrote:I'm a OL currently applying to law schools and with the ultimate goal of practicing/living in Minneapolis. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with the general insight into the job market and decisions regarding schools (IE for Minneapolis Biglaw go to MN with $ or a T14 like Michigan @ sticker?) Can communicate via PM if you don't want to out self.
OP here, now that I received an offer or two, I can give you some perspective I think.
I go to a T25 in the area, and I'm in the top 10-15 % of my class, on a well-known secondary journal (that . . . as I preface during my interviews I chose OVER LR).
I had multiple callbacks in Minneapolis. I recently received offers from the three largest firms in Minneapolis (you figure out which ones those are . . . I am being unreasonably cautious about disclosing information like this on websites even if I'm anonymous).
If you go to UMN or a T14, and you do well, you should have no problem getting a good job. I say this of course with the preface, that Minneapolis firms really do place a larger emphasis on personality fit in their law firm perhaps a bit more than firms in Chi or on the coasts. This can be your best friend (as it was mine) or your worst, depending on how you interview.
As a general rule of thumb, I'd say that in a healthy econom
y, if you go to a T30 and are in the top 25% of your class with good leadership experience, etc., AND you can carry on a conversation like a normal person during interviews, then you should be golden.
As far as the economy is concerned, I think that Minneapolis has fared far better than Chicago or the coasts because the firms seem to be slightly slower to grow, and a little more cautions (this has its benefits and bad times, and its bad parts in bullish times of course).
Also, don't feel the need to go to UMN if you want to work in Minneapolis. Many of these firms regularly interview at similar schools (such as Iowa . . . which, according to my friends that go there had as many Minneapolis firms as UMN). As a matter of fact, it might be beneficial to go to a different school and display a commitment to living in Minneapolis--it probably makes you stand out from the crowd a little more than going to UMN where tons of people want to stick around (I am just assuming this since Minneapolis is such a lovable city).
Does this help at all?