deepspacenine wrote: drdolittle wrote:
deepspacenine wrote:Anyone have some guidance/advice. I'm not from Chicago so I don't know much about the job situation. Also, does Kent have any national mobility in terms of name recognition? I would think people in Silicon Valley would know of it?
This is anecdotal, but Kent's got low name recognition in CA in general. Also, the CA legal market obviously is just very crowded, with a number of schools in Kent's range, as well as schools ranked clearly above it. And despite Kent's reputation in IP, Stanford and Cal here are in a different league as the nation's top IP schools. Santa Clara, historically well regarded for IP, is basically ranked similar to Kent overall.
I'm not saying coming to CA is impossible from Kent. But I do think that, realistically, it'd be very difficult without substantial legal experience somewhere else first, or phenomenal connections.
Thanks for the advice. You make some great points. Seems like the best way into the Valley for non-HYS + Boalt folks is through lateral moves and massive work/connections from another region.
Sure, no prob. I think for CA, Kent might begin to make sense with a sizable scholarship, w/o stips. Even then, all that would do is put you in a better financial situation during and after school, which is big, but of course it won't land you a job in CA. That said, I might take Kent for CA with a full ride, but I like Chicago a lot.
Keep in mind that schools like Kent, SCU, William Mitchell, etc., developed solid reputations in IP, well above their overall rank, before IP got so high profile. Now, as the "top" schools actively covet IP to serve econ needs, the IP reputations of the Kents and SCUs will likely decline as others have pointed out
I'd think most Kent grads in CA now probably got their first job in the Midwest, or in CA but during the high flying tech bubble.
Btw, from what I've heard, Kent's a good school. It's just that the CA legal market is very tough to crack right now, and probably will be for the foreseeable future.