Rock Chalk wrote:Bartlebee06 wrote:Yeah, I am originally from KC and all of my family is still in the area. I am really hoping for Vandy, but would take WUSTL if the offer was better and now that I know I could find work back home It sounds even better. Thanks for reposting that for me.
With the caveat that this is my personal opinion only, I honestly think that, if you're dead set on KC, WUSTL is the better choice, even with equal offers (which I suspect won't be the case). Every KC firm does OCI here, and most of them have St. Louis offices filled with WUSTL alums with whom they often work closely. I met KC hiring partners in at the 1L receptions in St. Louis, many of whom turned into valuable connections, and the proximity made it pretty easy to go to KC for lunches with associates and eventually for interviews. In fact, one large KC firm had a reception at a bar here in St. Louis just to meet WUSTL students. You'll be in the best position for networking with KC firms here, next only to staying in KC.
I know Vandy is a higher ranked school, and I have no doubt that it's a great school in general, but I'm not sure many hirers in KC will be aware of its "superiority" because of how highly they regard WUSTL, which means they wouldn't necessarily be willing to reach deeper into Vandy's class. I may be failing to consider something, but I can't really see a reason for choosing Vandy over WUSTL for KC. Again, this is only my opinion and it surely wouldn't hurt to contact KC firms and try to get some input, and of course the analysis changes if you're not set on KC.
By the bold, do you mean to imply that it could potentially be better to go to KU/UMKC for networking purposes?