Anonymous User wrote:OP here. I apologize for being unclear. To be simple, I was referring to states like Ohio, Kansas, Indiana as "middle of nowhere." Sorry if I offended anyone. I've only lived in LA, NY, and DC. I guess I was being a snob here.
About the practice area, I want to do tax/corporate law and both of the firms are known for tax/corp in the area. It seems like most of you guys are considering money first but for me it's more about my career outlook than anything.. I would really like to move back to LA or NY after 2-3 years.
My gut intuition is that it'll be easier going from the 180k firm in bumblefuck to NYC or CA than it will be from 155k in NYC. If the 180k firm is like Jones Day in Cleveland or Skadden in Wilmington, the name of the firm will help you lateral easier than being at a mediocre firm in New York.
Anyone feel free to correct me if my intuitions are off.