« on: November 26, 2007, 11:53:42 AM »
This is not true at all. Anyone who actively seeks employment and networks from SIU will get a job. SIU is considered well above NIU and JMLS. Anywhere but Chicago considers SIU ahead of Loyola as well. It is a very good school in a crappy location. If you want to practice in a smaller town, or in St. Louis then it is the school for you.
I'll give you NIU. But in terms of the Chicago market, DePaul, Kent, Loyola, and JMLS are all better. Just take a look at the alumni network for those schools versus SIU.
As for outside of Chicago, it's more of a crapshoot, simply b/c the vast majority of students at Kent, Loyola, and DePaul go to those schools specifically so they can stay in Chicago. Having said that, I know folks who have gone to big law firms in Boston, New York, and California out of Loyola. DePaul and Loyola travel pretty well. Kent has a more difficult time b/c most people have no idea what Kent is. As someone else mentioned, St. Louis is dominated by SLU. SIU might place decently there, but it's not even a primary market. While SIU might be a decent school, it suffers mightily from the fact that it has no primary market whatsoever.
The bottom line is if you want to be in Chicago, stay clear of SIU. It'll make life easier. If you want to be outside of Chicago, be prepared to work your ass off even more for a job no matter where you go.