Dcc617 wrote:1. I have no real ties to a Chicago but sort of lived there for six months. I'm a little above median at HLS. Are my lack of ties going to hurt me?
No. Just have a well thought out answer that justifies why you want to be there. The bigger the Chicago firm, the less they tend to care. They need bodies and also like to think of themselves as attractive enough to be like NYC in that everyone should want to be in Chicago. But it will still come up in the vast majority of interviews.
Dcc617 wrote:2. How is the market for buying condos/houses?
Hot - likely inflated and looks to only be getting hotter. Still cheaper than most major metros and doable. Property taxes will likely be increasing if the governor and Madigan can stop being idiots (so maybe property taxes won't be going up!).
Dcc617 wrote:3. What's your impression of the Chicago economy? It seems like with the stagnant population growth and stuff it may not be the best time to enter the market?
I mean I have no idea how the overall economy looks vis a vis the legal market. But the legal market is insanely hot right now. If you're doing transactional you will be more than fine. Still have good odds at litigation, too. So long as you are a good enough interviewer.
Network with lots of attorneys this summer. Are you in Chicago now?