Haha, do any of you live in Michigan or have even been here?
Thanks for your helpful comments, Andrea...and Jesus.
Let me give you a little perspective about the legal job market in Michigan. First of all, metro-Detroit (which includes Detroit and everything within a 30 minute commute in every direction) is the legal epicenter of Michigan. Sure, Lansing is the capitol but very few firms operate out of the city. Every place else in Michigan is farmland covered in snow, uninteresting, and certainly not bustling with successful attorneys.
Everything happens in downtown Detroit; every large firm in Michigan operates their main office out of Detroit or its surrounding area. Wayne State is five minutes from where these firms are located, five minutes from four seperate courts, and although in a "bad area" of Detroit, I'm sure you can say the same thing about UCLA, Loyola LA, or any other great school in Los Angeles--except we can actually see the blue part in our skies.http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?do=nw&go=1&1a=471%20W%20PALMER%20ST&1c=DETROIT&1s=MI&1z=48202%2d3986&1n=WAYNE%20COUNTY&1y=US&1l=0GAu0MgoPsg%3d&1g=9pKx9ysF2j0%3d&1v=ADDRESS&2a=100%20RENAISSANCE%20CTR&2c=DETROIT&2s=MI&2z=48243%2d1114&2y=US&2l=&2g=&2pn=&2pl=&2v=&2ffi=&2ex=&2n=
If you want a big firm job, you will work in metro-Detroit. I challenge people to look at the top firms in Michigan and to look at the attorney profiles. I guarantee that you will find less MSU,UDM, or Cooley grads than Michigan and Wayne grads. I promise it.http://www.bodmanllp.com/careers/summer_associate_program/attorneys_by_law_school/index.htmlwww.honigman.comwww.millercanfield.comwww.dickinsonwright.comwww.dykema.com
Also, keep in mind that not all of these firms even interview in E. Lansing. All of these firms interview on campus at Wayne. Its five minutes away, why not?
If anyone has any questions about the legal market, Wayne, MSU, or any other school in Michigan, I actually live here and have worked in the industry for three years. I have friends in both U of M, Wayne, and MSU's law schools, I know people who went to UDM and I know people who went to Cooley. I can give you some factual answers and an educated perspective.