How well does Pitt place outside of Pittsburgh? I'm considering the school, but I don't know if I want to stay in Pittsburgh. Would it be difficult to find work in NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?
Pitt places great in Pittsburgh, well in Philly and DC, and okay in NY. I doubt it has much impact in Boston or Chicago unless one is top 10%. To be frank, top jobs in Boston, NY, and Chicago will probly be fought over by the better local schools in each respective market (Northeastern's, Brooklyn's, and Loyola's) and t14 grads. Unless you can get into a top 14-20 (or higher), I would recommend attending a school in the city you want to be in. Best of luck!
The other thing to keep in mind is that many Pitt grads start out working in Pittsburgh for a few years and then move on to other cities. This is a great option and wise move, considering that it is pretty easy for Pitt grads to line up great positions with firms, where they can get solid work experience before moving on to other cities and regions. Additionally, the cost of living in Pittsburgh is lower than other major cities, so this also gives recent grads a chance to eliminate student debt while remaining in Pittsburgh. If you can get in with a good firm and get some solid work experience during your first few years out of law school, you should be able to move around with ease later on, since employers are going to be looking more at your work experience by that point.