cotiger wrote:I'm very much interested in UChi, but I'm a bit concerned about the high number of grads that end up in small firms (2-50). Over the last three years, UChi has had the highest number of grads go to those firms of any school in the T14 (7.6% vs the next highest of 6.4% at UVA, and 2.4-3.6% at peers HCN). What do you think accounts for this?
These are almost certainly mostly market paying boutique firms. In my experience I would treat these as mostly self selecting vs a getting stuck there situation. Our big firm summer placement is 80%+ and these are basically all mega full service firms, so the opportunity to do that type of work is prevalent.
lawschool20175 wrote:When you were picking law schools, what made you choose Chicago over others? I am currently deciding between Chicago and NYU.
Class size was a big deal for me, I really like being able to at least know all of my classmates on an acquaintance basis vs seeing people and having no idea if they even go to my school. Geographic flexibility mattered a lot to me too. NYU and Columbia do really well in placement obviously but it's wildly NYC centric. The success rate of NYC targeting Chicago students is really really good, but we do better for Chicago, California, and Texas and at the time I made my decision I wasn't sure where I wanted to be long term.
If I were making my decision now I would probably favor NYU in the following circumstances:
- Absolutely certain you want NYC
- At least 20k scholarship differential (to offset the higher COA)
- Chicago aversion as a city
- Public Interest (I don't know how this cuts actually, but i imagine the larger PI population is an advantage despite having to compete with more of your classmates)
Absent multiple of those factors I would probably end up here based on cost and general job placement stuff. Can't go wrong with either though.