superhopefulwoo wrote: ChadMichael wrote:
shredmeister wrote:what makes PSU stand out as a regional school in PA? Where are job prospects located? Philly/pitt concentrate or middle-of-nowhere's-ville?
Got 35k/yr and seriously considering- hoping for best ADR education a 159 and 3.9 can get. Just need some answers. (visiting for april 6 open house)
Most job prospects are Pitt-Philly, but we have a bustling natural gas industry which needs lawyers throughout the state if you're interested in such work in rural places. I don't know how PSU looks out of state, yet in state there are so many dedicated alumni and supporters of Penn State it almost seems like a cult. There is a "Penn State" mentality in a lot of organizations where the name on the degree means a lot to the hiring process than it would in other places. The name alone is recognizable, and with your scholarship it's even more intriguing if your want to practice within Pennsylvania.
Do you think PSU grads beat out other PA grads (minus UPenn since they mostly place out of state anyway) in the Philly market? Like Temple/Villa/Drexel? Considering their distance from Philly, I would think it would be more challenging. On the other hand, this is not the first time I heard they have an incredibly strong alumni network (especially in PA). Do you think this network trumps the small employment prospect advantages with some of the other schools?
From the prospective of a 3L, I can tell you that it's pretty difficult to go out of the state with a degree from the law school. I'm high up in my class and on a Law Review and I couldn't even do it. Doesn't help that it's a tough job market (though I'm seeing signs of improvement...barely).
Philly is pretty much controlled by Temple and Nova from what I can gather. I know some people who have jobs there, so it's
certainly possible, but you need to be in the top of the class to have a shot. Most people I know have gotten jobs working in Harrisburg/Lancaster/York. Some make it further out west (towards Pittsburgh). It's pretty local though, so be sure you want to live in the area.
To be honest, I didn't get much from the PSU connection. I got more from the Dickinson law school connection in terms of alumni support, but the PSU name I'm sure helps and the network was there.
The natural gas industry is a major factor right now and oil/gas law has become a VERY popular class. So if you're interested in that, Dickinson is a great place to attend. Also, Shredmesiter, if you're really interested in ADR, this is a good school. PM me if you want more details.