Does anyone have any insight into either of these legal markets? I am starting to whittle down my options and am strongly considering AZ or MO schools. Here are two things that I have been considering, but I know very little about Arizona as I haven't lived there in many years.Schools: Missouri's two large markets have several feeder schools, MU, KU, SLU, WUSTL, UMKC, a significant portion of which are competing for the same jobs. Arizona on the other hand has only UofA and ASU. I'm sure that graduates from neighboring states have a presence in Arizona, but are there any schools that other than those in Arizona, that have a significant presence in Arizona? Is there significant competition from California graduates for jobs in Arizona or are ASU and UofA considered top dogs in Arizona? MU seems to come in 3rd place behind KU and UMKC in Kansas City NALP firm associate positions and also 3rd place behind SLU and WUSTL in St. Louis. Is a graduate from UofA or ASU going to have a better chance than a graduate of MU at a large firm job given the same class rank at either? Distribution: Phoenix appears to dominate to the legal scene in Arizona, while Kansas City and St. Louis seem to be fairly equal. I have lived in all three cities and would be happy in any of them, but I'm not sure if the concentration of one larger legal market as opposed to the separated markets has any relevance.
This is somewhat off topic, but did you find out anything new or interesting at Mizzou's St. Louis reception? I'm getting pretty excited to go up to Columbia on Wednesday.Congrats on your decision Jammer! I really wish I had some idea about where I was going, but at least I've got it narrowed down to 3 now.
Quote from: hurley325 on March 15, 2008, 02:51:48 PMThis is somewhat off topic, but did you find out anything new or interesting at Mizzou's St. Louis reception? I'm getting pretty excited to go up to Columbia on Wednesday.Congrats on your decision Jammer! I really wish I had some idea about where I was going, but at least I've got it narrowed down to 3 now.I went to meet with alumni to obtain their perspective on MU v. SLU v. WUSTL in St. Louis. I guess I knew what to expect when talking to MU alums... Some of the discussions regarding what to do after law school, how large firms operate, how different specialties can affect one's role at a large firm, etc. were enlightening.Which three schools are on your radar?
I live in Columbia currently. I agree that class rank is probably more important than where you went to school, if you attend KU, MU, or SLU. WUSTL graduates get more leeway and UMKC graduates probably get a little less.Don't get me wrong, I think MU is a really good school and is probably the most comfortable school I have visited. My only hold up is what happens if I don't finish in the top 10-15%. The recent graduates who I have talked to who were around median had to bust their butt for months to obtain mediocre jobs like working with a solo practitioner and only being paid when they bring their own business.Are you attending the reception on Wednesday?
Hopefully, I can get a better sense of the living situation on the Columbia scene, and maybe get a few leads on good places to live.