hoosierball wrote:Not everyone wants to go to chicago, further, I don't think you will see a drop in firms that have alum, but I would say decreased in firms that don't have actual connections to the school
Where are these firms going to go? Indiana? If they could make that switch, they'd probably be recruiting there already. They're not. Iowa? Of course not. Wisconsin? Wisconsin doesn't place outside of Wisconsin (and I love the school.) I could go on... They probably already recruit at WashU and ND..You think they'll STOP recruiting Illinois and further limit their applicant pool? The economy is bad, but I don't think they'll limit their own recruiting more than they did at the start of economic crisis.
Your last few posts are all conclusion and no facts. It's possible that it will hurt, but everything that I've heard, as a current student, indicate that firms just don't care enough to make the switch. Our main market is Chicago and we will still place pretty well there. We're not a national school, of course, but those of us who didn't want Chicago still had options: I should know, I got biglaw in the non-Chicago market of my choice.
The scandal broke early in this year's hiring season. If employers were going to be scared off from Illinois, we'd likely have seen an impact this year. Sure, it came up in a few interviews but the tone of those conversations were more "that sucks, sorry about that" than "OMG We can't hire you, get out of my office now!" They were interested, but I saw and heard no evidence that it impacted any hiring decisions this year.
The scandal sucks. It does. I'm not happy with it and I'm not particularly impressed with how the administration handled it. But the assertion that it will drastically impact hiring from the school is unfounded and contrary to the little empirical evidence and much anecdotal evidence available.