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selecting a school means knowing where you want to work?
« on: March 15, 2009, 11:26:16 PM »
It seems my decision is coming down to where I want to work. The best ranked and most economical choice for me is Cincinnati, but DePaul has a much better IP program and better networking environment. In the end it may cost me $15,000 more per year to go to DePaul. With Cinci, I would have at least $45,000 less debt after three years, a good job prospect in the Cinci area, and reasonable salary, but with DePaul I would have at least $45,000 more debt, better IP training, better networking to help me get a job in a good legal market, and hopefully a reasonable salary. If we assume I am comfortable in either city for school and then work, is debt the only factor? How can I know if I would like working in Chicago better than Cincinnati?

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Re: selecting a school means knowing where you want to work?
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 12:09:27 AM »
Have you visited both schools?

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Re: selecting a school means knowing where you want to work?
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009, 12:13:31 AM »
If you are happy working in Ohio, I say save the money.  It sounds like you could make up for the advantages of DePaul with work experience.  Cincinnati is the safer bet, so that's what I would advise.  If you want to invest that extra $ in your education, just be sure you know as much as possible about the job market in Chicago.  I know it's a big market, but DePaul has a lot of high calibre competition in Chicago.

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Re: selecting a school means knowing where you want to work?
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009, 10:02:39 AM »
Take Cincinnati. DePaul isn't worth an extra $45k.
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Re: selecting a school means knowing where you want to work?
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2009, 12:41:54 PM »
I wouldn't say that it's impossible to get a job in Cincinnati if you went to school at Depaul or vice versa but you should probably be prepared to stay wherever you go to school just because as it's been said on here probably a million times you never know what's going to happen once you're in school. Based on job placement statistics in the short term, Cinnci will actually give you slightly better job prospects but being in Chicago may give you more of a shot at upward mobility over the long term. 

FWIW I think it would probably be easier to relocate from Cinnci to Chicago than vice versa because of the schools' relative reputations but that's just my perception.

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Re: selecting a school means knowing where you want to work?
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009, 12:52:03 PM »
Take Cincinnati. DePaul isn't worth an extra $45k.

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Re: selecting a school means knowing where you want to work?
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2009, 01:00:22 PM »
I don't think DePaul is worth the money it costs to go there period, but I would visit both schools, that is the best advice I can give.

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Re: selecting a school means knowing where you want to work?
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2009, 01:05:45 PM »
Take Cincinnati. DePaul isn't worth an extra $45k.

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Re: selecting a school means knowing where you want to work?
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009, 01:37:06 PM »
Take Cincinnati. DePaul isn't worth an extra $45k.

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Re: selecting a school means knowing where you want to work?
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009, 01:57:13 PM »
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