flexityflex86 wrote:How does Saint Louis compare to the rest of the midwest? Is it a bit warmer, because its relatively south?
St. Louis tends to be warmer than Chicago, and it can be very hot in the summer. That said, it gets all four seasons. Last weekend it was 75-80. Today we got 4-5 inches of snow. St. Louis, like most Midwestern cities, can be really weird about the weather. As far as safety goes, there was a pretty extensive conversation in the March ASW thread if you wanna check that out.
flexityflex86 wrote:and is IU: B a peer school?
I think WUSTL is a step above in geographic power and quality of life, if not peers in amount of big/midlaw hiring.
IUB is a peer school if you use the term very loosely. WUSTL is often ragged on for being "overrated" because our NLJ numbers lag our USNRWR ranking by a few spots. IUB, however, lags their ranking by a huge amount. Even pre-ITE, IUB was only placing ~10% of their class into NLJ firms. By comparison, WUSTL was at about 27% NLJ placement pre-ITE (and these numbers don't include people who got non-NLJ firms that pay 6 figures, or people who took clerkships and landed NLJ jobs afterwards). WUSTL also dominates IUB in Chicago, so keep that in mind.
IUB is a fine school, but its placement is much more confined to their own state than WUSTL, UIUC, UMN, or even Iowa. I'm not sure how our admissions office views IUB, but if they don't view them as a peer, then this is why. WUSTL and IUB may be peers as far as tiers are concerned, but within the MW, I think they are a clear step down from the other Midwestern T20s.