Thank you both for your replies, soo helpful.
You are right: Your commentary made me research it with more scrutiny: Comparing these two web pages seems to suggest that some CA/Illinois/NY/Texas ppl tend to go back where they came from. (meh!!! and perhaps WUSTL accepts kids from these states such that they can advertise their "national placement" or something, who the heck knows..) http://law.wustl.edu/career_services/pa ... x?id=10045
vs. http://law.wustl.edu/admissions/documen ... rofile.pdf
umm, a follow-up question that I have for you is that my family is thinking of moving out of state to find some place more affordable. And I happened to mention earlier that day about this thing about "ties" wrt WUSTL, and they're happy to help my marketability to St. Louis firms if it means moving there. They are retired and have been thinking about moving out of state for several years now. In fact, they're excited about the possibility of moving to St. Louis due to its low CoL.
So my question is, do St. Louis firms look closely if your ties had been present before you came to WUSTL, or can ties be established during your time at WUSTL? (Does that make sense?)
Thanks, as always.
edit: I have absolutely no preference where I want to work. It just has to be a mid- to large- city.