I think it is easy for people to blame those from out of state coming in an taking jobs (sound familiar?). Honestly, L&C is definitely the best represented law school in Portland among the attorneys in Portland(of course that makes sense). Getting a job in this economy is tough, and it is definitely tough in a state like Oregon which doesn't really value people having jobs
THIS IS SO TRUE. Particularly the last sentence. Neither the government here nor the population at large really value jobs/CAREERS. The whole 'Portlandia' thing is true in a lot of respects. I know a lot of people (A LOT) who consider employment something that you only do enough of to pay for whatever the thing you like to do is. (ie, a LOT of people who figure out exactly how much they have to work to pay for basic bills and a ski season pass, and work not a minute more than required).
I also know a LOT of people who are unemployed and talk about how hard it is to find work in Oregon, but they aren't really LOOKING because they are on unemployment. ("I'll look when my benefits run out" is a frequent refrain, followed by "there are no jobs anyway".) Mmhm.
Meanwhile, a friend of mine moved here from Seattle, so she couldn't get unemployment in Oregon, she had a job at a bank in downtown Portland within 3 weeks. With no banking experience (but a college degree and good employment history otherwise). (She got the job through networking, btw...one person led to another led to another who was the VP of the branch. Boom. Job.)
I also hear a lot of people passing up jobs because the schedule doesn't allow them time for whatever the other thing they like to do is. (ski, music, theatre, art, whatever.)
If people from out of state are getting jobs more than locals, I think it's probably more to do with the effort the out of staters put into it, rather than some 'preference' for them over locals.
The culture in Oregon is also very entrepreneurial, so the general attitude is definitely more one of 'figure it out yourself' and 'start your own thing, make your own opportunity' as opposed to focusing on big-company hiring.