« on: May 29, 2007, 08:30:20 AM »
There are a few things to consider here. Booyakasha2 gave you numbers in a vacuum. He didn't tell you where those Villanova and Dickinson grads WORK (firms, solo practitioners, public interest, etc), he just told you where they reside. You could obtain more detailed info pertinent to your own interests by doing a more customized search on your own. I also have a particular problem with the word "place", because it takes all personal preference out of the process. Booyakasha (like many on this board) is assuming that one's career is a direct result of where one attended law school. He is not allowing for the possibility that people who choose to attend schools like PSU, in less urban areas, may do so because they are less interested in an urban lifestyle. There are a number of other similar factors that contribute to lawyers' career decisions. If you look closely at specific attorneys and at specific large firms, you'll find graduates of both Villanova and Penn State Dickinson in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, DC, Harrisburg, Baltimore, and so on and so forth. This should indicate to you that neither school has a poor reputation - large firms are not going to risk hiring graduates of "bad" schools. When you're dealing with schools like Nova or PSU, neither school's name is going to be enough to get you a job. Essentially, at either place, whatever job you get will be the result of the work you do to get there. This is why, if I were in your position, I would attend the school that gave me a scholarship. However, I also have a substantial amount of student loan debt remaining from undergrad and do not wish to add to it any more than I have to. Your circumstances may be quite different. But in my mind, PSU would be the better financial decision.
And now, I really am bowing out of this conversation. Nice chatting with all of you.