ToTransferOrNot wrote: Anonymous User wrote: ejjones wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I'd like to hear the prospects coming out of the lower tier 1 schools in Chicago (Loyola, Kent, Depaul) if anyone has any feedback that would be great.
What type of prospects are you looking for. If it's Biglaw or some 100K+ job upon graduation than it doesn't look good. There was an article in the Tribune a week ago addressing this very issue. Basically, U Ill is hurting in the OCI department big time, so just imagine what that means for the other T2s in the Chicago area. If you want PI/local or state Govt your prospects will most likely be better but not great.
PI is what I was looking for, so this addresses it.
Keep in mind, there is going to be a pretty heavy trickle-down of folks from the T14 that weren't able to get biglaw applying for these jobs.
OP-this is probably true, but no one knows to what extent PI is going to get flooded with UoC, NU, etc. I think that govt is going to see the biggest shift. Common sense suggests that, yes, due to cuts in hiring/OCI in the private sector the result would be increased competition in other areas of the law. Maybe the towns outside of Chicago would be a good place to look for employment, but I imagine that they will be fairly saturated as well.
In places like Chicago and NYC I would expect finding a job in any field will be pretty challenging due to the number of JDs from T14s and T30s looking for jobs there. Regarding PI, do any of the T2 schools you're interested have specific clinics inter/externships, etc that would help you get your foot in the door at a non-profit or PD office? For example, The Innocence Project, which is something I'm very interested in, is based at Santa Clara. It would make good sense for me to attend SC if I really wanted to get involved with The Innocence Project, both during school and potentially as a lawyer.
If you are dead set on PI, you should set your sights on schools that will minimize your debt. Can you leave Chicago? What are your numbers?