Steven Perry wrote:I'm from Northeast Ohio originally, currently going to school out of state, but I know a bunch of people at OSU. I was wondering how the law market is in Ohio generally, considering I've heard OSU grads tend to dominate it? Even with a leg up being at OSU compared to schools like Case, Cleveland, or Akron, is it worth going into that market at all right now? Based on what my hometown and the surrounding counties are going through economically, it doesn't seem like there is much room in any field.
Also, did you visit any other schools, and if so, how does OSU trump them?
Yeah, I mean as we all know it's a rough time for the economy in general and the legal field has not been insulated from this. I'm not really sure if how northeast OH is struggling is exactly analogous to how the legal field is struggling since I believe NE OH is struggling from the collapse of industry and manufacturing, which I guess affects some aspects of the legal market but definitely not all of the market. Honestly, I would say that it's a rough time to get into the legal market at all right now and I feel for the classes of '09-'10, although who knows how things will be when I graduate or when you graduate in 2+ years. So, I guess my short and non-expert opinion would be that 1) the legal market is rough everywhere right now 2) perhaps with the exception of NE OH, which I don't know a whole lot about, I don't think the legal markets in the biggest cities like Cinci and Columbus are any better or worse off than the rest of the country (and the biglaw model is collapsing everywhere, with the huge layoffs in NYC and such). Sorry if this isn't very coherent- basically, the market is rough everywhere right now, and that is something to keep in mind.
I officially visited 2 other schools besides OSU. I mean, aside from "objective" reasons why I thought OSU trumped them, such as quality of education v. price, I just felt more comfortable at OSU than the other schools and could see myself being a student there and living in Columbus. These subjective factors will obviously be different for everyone. But I definitely recommend vising all the schools that you are seriously considering; it will help immeasurably in your decision.