AMilfordMan wrote:Yanky91 wrote:Chardee_MacDennis wrote:What do you want to do and where do you want to be: those should be the two most important questions you ask yourself as you visit and decide which school is better suited to get you there.
The rise in rank is nice, but it should be a marginal factor in your decision.
I agree. I am from Maryland. I have never been to Illinois. I am going to the ASD to see if I like the area. I do not know where I want to be. I can say that after visiting NC, I don't think I would like to work there. But Wake is a regional school that covers more than just NC. I want as little debt as possible. I don't care about biglaw, but I do think the fact that such a large percentage of grads work in biglaw out of UIUC says something positive about their reputation. My brother is in biglaw in D.C. and I think I would have a better shot at D.C. from Wake than Illinois. However, I have never been to Chicago, and from what I hear it's a great place to be a lawyer. It's also only a two hour flight from MD, so if I want to see my fam, it won't be such a trek. I am also a traditional Jew, and there are far more Jews in Champaign than Winston-Salem (but this is not a major factor or consideration).
Assuming you are flying into Chicago and have the time, try to at least make it to some of the key places in the city. You have a better chance at securing good employment in Chicago than anywhere else, so it better be a place you like to live.
As far as DC goes, I know UIUC has a few really well connected alums in DC, but otherwise not a tremendous presence there. That being said, LST only shows 5.8% of Wake grads working in DC.
+1 to what MilfordMan said. I came from DC and I met several of our really successful alums there and they are some of our most committed alumni and very helpful. But whether it is UIUC or WF, I wouldn't plan on going straight to DC from either unless you network really hard. Feel free to PM me about DC or the Jewish stuff if you want