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I wonder if you could speak for where the students generally place in the states. LST mentions Illinois (Chicago, as you mentioned), but Cali. and NY also seem to place decent. Where do most clerkships happen, and do you know of any ND grads that have actually "made" it in Cali/NY? Thanks for the input.
On a side note, at what price/debt would you conside ND worth it. Been hearing several varying opinions on this.
Chicago is definitely the main destination for graduates. This is partly due to our proximity to Chicago, and also the fact that much of our student body is from Illinois and / or desires to be in Chicago post-graduation. We also have a significant number of students from California, which is why that number is likely high. Few California firms come to OCI, however, so that will likely require more networking. The same goes for New York and Washington, DC. To be honest, few of our students desire to be in New York (which, coincidentally, is likely one of the easiest markets to break into). DC is doable, but you need to be near the top of the class. Chicago and secondary Midwest markets are very attainable with some degree of a tie and being at or around the top-third of the class (probably even a little lower the past two years).
Federal clerkships happen all across the country and geography is much less (or not at all) important. It is also something you have next to zero control over.
The price / debt question is difficult to answer. I am extremely risk-averse, so part of what brought me to Notre Dame was the financial aid that I was awarded. I think anything less than or around $100,000 is doable at the upward bound, provided that you do fairly well. I would not assume much more debt than that, but opinions likely do vary.