« on: July 28, 2008, 07:16:28 PM »
I think you are under-estimating the job competitiveness situation in the NYC legal market.
Yes, there are more desirable legal jobs in NYC and on the east coast in general. However, you're not going to get a crack at them until the grads from NYU, Columbia, and most of the other T-14s (like Penn, which has the highest percentage of grads working in NYC, I believe) have their shot. Then, IF you're near the top of your class, you'll vie for the open spots with guys from Fordham that will have an advantage, plus the grads from Cardozo and the top 5%-10% from St. John's and maybe a handful of folks from Pace and NY Law School. If you don't get a job after that, you're more or less immobile. Or rather, getting a job out of market will be very, very, hard unless you have a connection.
I'm not saying don't do it (interestingly, I live in Brooklyn and I'm going to UMN because I'm sick of this area), but be sure that you really want to do the NYC thing if you decide to go to BLS. Also, if you don't mind me asking, what is the tuition situation? I'm guessing you'd get in state at UW, which would just make this a no-brainer for me, although if you really are sick of Wisconsin, then that's something to consider.