atcushman wrote:Other than L&C, SU and U of O. With a 3.5/160, I'm thinking I'll get into one of those. L&C and U of O are definitely two of my top choices. U of Pac just mailed me today and I was thinking of possibly looking into them too. Because I am from the Midwest, I'm unfamiliar with the schools in PNW aside from rankings. In your opinion, should I throw some apps towards U of Pac, Gonzaga, or any northern CA schools? How are these schools with employment prospects? (sorry for non-Lewis & Clark related questions, but it's hard to get an answer that doesn't require bashing in other forums.)
I work in a small law firm in Portland as an assistant. Oregon places a bit better than Lewis and Clark almost everywhere in Portland, despite the rankings. The lawyers at the firm honestly don't know much about the rankings.
What they do know, however, is football.
Don't expect to get a degree from UW and get a job down in Portland. While it's possible, it is unlikely. And the other Washington schools? Forget it. My office recently interviewed about 5 applicants for an associate's position. When I could, I sneaked a peak at the resumes. Two were from Willamette and in the top 3% of the class. They weren't hired. While I think it's down to personality once you're in the interview chair, my point is that this is November and gads in the top 3% from Willamette are still looking for work. It's not pretty here in Portland. The legal market just isn't that big, and more than 500 JDs are produced every year here.