« on: July 15, 2008, 09:01:25 AM »
i too would like to speak up for idaho, since i'm going there this fall. like you, i did my undergrad in VA (at UVA- while charlottesville is not as diverse as nova, it certainly is in comparison to the rest of the state). if you like the outdoors and a place free of distractions so that you can focus on school you'll be just fine in moscow. and while it may not be a very diverse place, the fact that it's different from what you're accustomed to can definitely be a unique and challenging experience which can't hurt your future as a lawyer. idaho won't offer the same job opportunities where you want to work, but having to work your way into those markets may be worth $50,000. on the other hand, UI has a lock on the idaho market and you may be suprised (i was) to find out that boise is comparable in size to spokane, wa or richmond, va and growing at a lightning fast pace (doubled in size in the last 20 years or so) -- if immigration is not an issue now, it soon will be.
Further, if you consider staying in idaho an option, think about this: over the last thirty years, the law school has remained roughly the same size, while the population of the state has more than doubled. each year, UI produces 115 law grads, of which 60% (as quoted by the admissions department) remain in the state. that means when you graduate, you'll be competing with about 70 people for entry level jobs in the state of idaho. i like those odds...