JPR0488 wrote:How's Vandy's placement in the Midwest? I have the book they sent but it's a pretty small sample size (probably because most people don't go to Vandy aiming for the Midwest) so it's hard to tell. I'm considering WUSTL too, but I absolutely HATE St. Louis & love Nashville. Plus Vandy is just the better school period. I know WUSTL is stronger in the Midwest but am I correct in thinking my Midwestern ties could get me back there from Vanderbilt without too much trouble? Really don't wanna be stuck in the south forever.
Disclaimer: I'm a IL, but I plan on practicing in Ohio when I graduate. If some 2L's or 3L's could respond, that would certainly be preferable.
The majority of Vandy students do not stay in the South, so it's perhaps a little fatalistic to assume you'll be stuck there. I know Vandy does well in Ohio, which is where I focused my research before enrolling. I haven't gone through my 2L OCI yet, so I can't speak to grade cutoffs for firms coming to OCI, but I can provide a little comparison of the # of NALP firms that come to our OCI and those at other schools.
So there is rough proxy. Also keep in mind the number your classmates that will also want to go to a particular region, and inevitably, that will compete with you for those interview spots. You don't know make-up of the class of 2014 yet; but at least at Vandy, you can look at the last three years to get a rough idea how many classmates you'll have from the region you want to practice in. You shouldn't go to any school expecting to get a job through OCI; once again, this is just a rough proxy.
I also recommend getting some opinions from attorneys in the region where you want to practice. Before enrolling, I asked alumni from my undergrad who went to several of the above schools that are now practicing in my target markets, and they provided a pretty strong endorsement of Vandy. Nashville is fairly close to several Midwestern cities (e.g., 4 hour drive to Cincinnati), so basic logistics will not preclude you from doing legwork.