Fair enough. I suppose it depends on what you mean by "not difficult." Not difficult in this case means that you probably have half the chance of a MN job out of U Iowa than U Minn, and maybe five people in your class of 200 at Iowa will get a job at Dorsey / Faegre / etc.
It seems Iowa places a lot better in Chicago than Minneapolis? I know of more people with Chi jobs than MN jobs. I'm not sure if the Chicago firms like U Minn or U Iowa grads better. Maybe about the same?
Anyway, Iowa places alright in both Minnesota and Illinois, but the main advantage of going to Iowa over a place like U Minn or Ill-Champaign remains job placement in Iowa, including some solid midlaw jobs in Des Moines and some really interesting (IMO) small firm jobs that pop up from time to time. If you're absolutely set on placement in Minneapolis, Chicago, or both combined, there are probably better options among peer schools who might be only slightly more selective, including Notre Dame and maybe U Minn, with the future of U-Ill's reputation uncertain.
I think Iowa students typically shoot for Chicago over Minneapolis, to be honest, which might explain part of that. The other part is that there are more jobs in Chicago than Minneapolis.
From what I've heard, Iowa and Minnesota are about the same as far as preference from Chicago firms. However, there are more Minnesota students who shoot for Minneapolis over Chicago than there are Iowa students that do the same.
Agreed that other schools make more sense for Chicago or Minneapolis placement than Iowa. If you can't get into Northwestern or U Chi, then Iowa is probably as good of a bet as Minnesota, and not as good as Illinois.
My opinion only though, I can't say for sure.