Bankhead wrote:To clarify:
1. I'm not saying that you will be stuck in Indiana if you graduate from IUB (though there is a good chance you will graduate unemployed or underemployed).
2. I'm not saying that the job probem is specific to IU. Other schools in our range such as WUSTL, Emory, Wisconsin, Illinois, etc. are suffering just as much.
3. I AM saying that it might be a good idea to go to a school in or near the market that you want to work, since there is a good chance you will have to rely on networking, as it is likely you will strike out at OCI ITE.
4. I hope that you all have a plentiful scholarship and are not going to be paying sticker for IU.
This is to Bankhead in particular, since he made the above comment. But I would appreciate feedback from any of the 1Ls taking questions. (Thank you all, by the way.)
Could I get your thoughts on my situation. I realize you can't speak to the particulars of the market I am interested in, but that's okay. I just received my decision from IU on Friday and have not had an opportunity to do the necessary research/check with contacts/etc.
So here's the deal: Full ride at IU, which - as far as I can tell - is renewable so long as I don't royally screw the pooch. Assuming the national market doesn't dramatically improve in the next few years, I'm looking to get back to Pittsburgh. With scholarship and in state tuition, Pitt is ~12k/yr. (I've got some other nice offers and am still waiting to hear from some T14s, though I'm not expecting much there. Check my profile, which is linked to LSN.)
CoL at either is pretty cheap and not really a factor because I will be living with my fiancée and she'll be working full time. (Of course, job prospects may be better in Pittsburgh.) I love Pittsburgh, and I've got a ton of friends there + a few contacts, and our families are close. But IU/Bloomington sounds like exactly the kind of place I'd like to spend a few years. So kind of a wash there.
The question (finally): Do you think I'm better off staying in Pittsburgh and eating the ~$40k in loans to network my ass off or would it make more sense to be free from debt and make it perfectly clear to Pitt firms that I'm looking to get back (Like I said, lots of friends in the city, so coming back for a 1L SA or something would be relatively easy/cheap)? Is the IU degree portable enough?
Anyone else, feel free to weigh in. Thanks again for your thoughts.