Lemme do two things here. First, answer the question above, and then ask another question myself.
DePaul is in Lincoln Park...the best place to live is Lincoln Park. I dont know how familiar you are with Chicago. Lincoln Park is on the north side. DePaul is on the north side, Kent is in the West Loop by the Sears Tower and train stations, NW is in the loop, U-Chicago is on the south side, and Loyola is on Michigan Avenue, where the water tower is and all the expensive shops.
Theyre all about 20 mins from each other...that is, if you live in lincoln park, youd be 2 mins from depaul, but 20 mins fromeverything else. Ditto if you lived in the loop...you could commute by bike to NW or maybe Kent, but would be 20 mins to DePaul and Loyola. Therefore you need to narrow down where you want to to gofirst id say. I believe the orange line runs right by the Sears Tower, giving access to Kent. I cant think of what runs right above DePaul. There is crime everywhere in the city. Theres noise everywhere in the city. Cant really say a quiet and safe place.
For my question...let me play devils advocate. I heard that both a) Kent grads go to big firms in Chi, and b) that its cause its ranked higher than DePaul and Loyola. How do you factor this into regional schools that are ranked higher? E.G. Tennessee. Theyre ranked 50, and I imagine they just feed into Nashville and maybe Cincinatti. But at the same time, it is ranked higher than Kent. How do you determine this? How are you "hired" out of law school? Is it mostly recruiters coming to your school, cause if thats the case i can see why a school like Tenn doesnt equal big jobs in NY, Chi, or LA. I can see why going to somehwere like Kent or Houston is good though. So, just wondering about that.
A comment about the areas mentioned, DePaul law is in the loop, as is Kent and Loyola. Lincoln park campus for DePaul is their main campus, but the law school is in the loop. As for me, I think the key factor in my decision is going to be 1) where are the biotech IP firms, 2) where do they hire from. I anticipate the answers to be 1 - located in NY, DC, MA and other than t15 schools, they hire locally. Though acceptances, and scholarships from Hofstra adn New York Law School make NY access better than DePaul and Loyola, I am not sure that the level of access those two schools provide is worth it. I think Penn St. could be a good option, but I am not seeing much representation of their graduates as I look at IP firms in NY, DC. So I think the idea of developing a career in Chicago first might be the most appropriate.