Homelandsagreatshow wrote:Kind of an off the rankings topic Q here, my favorite thread buddies:
How do you think WUSTL would serve returning to Pittsburgh after law school? I would prefer to get out of Pittsburgh, because I'm not even sure I want to return (which would pretty much eliminate Pitt), and although a T14 would be best for returning, I'm thinking more realistically.
I'm not sure how credited this is since it's anecdotal, but it sounds like Pittsburgh and Philly are fairly parochial. I've heard that even Penn grads have a hard time getting Philly/Pitt jobs if they don't have ties. I don't think a WUSTL degree would actively disadvantage you, but I'm not sure it would actively help. That said, you have ties. So I think it's very possible for you to come back, but if you did, it wouldn't be because WUSTL is well-regarded in Pitt or something.
re: T14...Honestly I'm not sure if a T14 would give you an advantage returning to Pittsburgh. Schools like Temple, Nova, Pitt are pretty well-regarded in PA and I don't think Pittsburgh is a particularly pedigree-sensitive market. I think ties are much more important.