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Keep in mind, I'd also be fine with working for a few years in a St. Louis firm and then IF i wanted to move elsewhere, trying to pursue a lateral at that time.  I can't say Chicago BIGLAW right out of school is my number one priority.  I'm also not convinced Martindale is the end all to end all of identifying alumni networks. 

I don't even see how this is a question WashU or UIUC. Both schools place well at BigLaw in Chicago. Visit both schools, decide which school and town you like more and then call it a day.

Have you read the responses in this thread to his question?  It's easy to just pick the best ranked school every time, but the WUSTL versus SLU debate here seems to be one worth discussing with the OP's desired location and specialization.  From skeeball's shared experiences, SLU seems like a much more interesting school for someone in the OP's situation.  In my opinion, UIUC is the worst option of the three.

That's kind of what I'm feeling, especially when you throw the full ride to SLU in the mix.  I'll be coming out of law school in my early 30's, so not having racked up a ton of new debt to go along with my mortgage sounds pretty nice.  Furthermore, having 6 years of WE in the healthcare industry, I feel like a degree with a specialization in health law at the #1 health law program gives me a pretty consistent resume and story to discuss with interviewers.  SLU is considered THE best school to go to to find work in St. Louis, and their #2 placement area is Chicago.  It's just hard for me to rationalize the additional debt at WUSTL over what SLU offers considering my goals. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL vs. BU -- any thoughts?
« on: April 09, 2008, 04:42:03 PM »
Not a dummy at all!  Saint Louis University.  I live in Saint Louis.  They're Tier 2.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL vs. BU -- any thoughts?
« on: April 09, 2008, 04:36:51 PM »
Consider this thread hijacked by the Rager ... but I just wanted your guy's thoughts ...
I'm choosing between WUSTL with $20K/yr and a full ride to SLU ... I'm interested in Health Law (SLU ranked #1) and would like to work in Saint Louis or Chicago.  Have at it!

I probably feel comfortable at either.  And yes, I have 5 years WE in the healthcare industry that I feel may be a boon to me in terms of gaining employment.  But then again, who knows?

Ok dudes, just throwing out where things stand right now:
I'm pretty much leaning towards the full ride at SLU vs $20K/yr at WUSTL and $15K/yr at UIUC.  I intend on going into health law and I'd like to work in either Saint Louis or Chicago and I'm pretty sure I can accomplish either of those coming out of the health law program at SLU.  Your thoughts?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL v. UIUC
« on: April 02, 2008, 04:04:08 PM »
I'm deciding between these two right now, with the money a litle different (Wash U giving me $20K/yr vs $15/yr and In State at UIUC ... but also looking at a full ride to SLU ... bamf, any reason you say UIUC for sure?

Ok, officially pulling my hair out on this one.  I've broken it down into a pros and cons deal:

WUSTL: Pro - best national placement (I think?), highest ranked, opportunities in both Chicago and St. Louis.  Con - most expensive at $20K/year after scholarship, don't have a great warm fuzzy feeling about it, but didn't attend ASW ... because they had RUN OUT OF SPACE

UIUC: Pro - closer to my hometown, places well in Chicago, I had a good feeling about it at ASW, would only cost about $13K/year after scholarship.  Con - Maybe not as many national options afterwards as WUSTL, would have to sell my place in a matter of 4 months in a miserable housing market in order to move there from St. Louis

SLU: Pro - might get a full ride, probably better chances of getting on Law Journal, Health Law program is considered #1 but I'm not sure how much that really means.  Con - 2nd tier compared to the other two T-30, Seems to be poor prospects of finding decent firm work outside of St. Louis, which I'd kind of like to get out of eventually

Grrrr... Anybody in a similar situation out there?  All feedback appreciated

Thanks for the advice.

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