patrickd139 wrote:Voted option 2: Stay in Ohio. Some thoughts, in no particular order.
You've sent out a few dozen emails. That's a good start, even if you didn't end up with an offer. But I look at it this way-- you had that outcome in a state where you attended both the flagship UG and law school, whose alumni flood the market, and where your ties are clearly the deepest. I can't imagine you're going to have anything close to that success in California. Think hard about whether you're reading too much into your anecdotal experience.
Have your lunch contact put you in touch with these 2-3 OSU super alums before you make this decision. That would be my first priority.
You mentioned "send[ing] out...applications to Ohio firms". Networking is clearly the best option for you, and one you appear to be pretty good at. It's apparently produced some tangible promising leads in SF. Why not apply those tactics to Ohio?
At the vary least, I'd sit for the Ohio bar and network over the break. Seems to me that you're hung up on applying for and then not sitting for, the OH bar exam. Can you still sign up for the CA bar exam later? It's better to waste $600 than put all of your eggs in one basket by foregoing the legal market where you have the most serious ties.
Grass is always greener, bro. Play the statistical odds on this one.
I agree with pretty much all of this.
I would pass the CA bar at the very least before I moved out there.