I took the test after practicing on the free LSAT in the registration booklet. I went to a commuter college while raising my daughter and was rather uninformed about this stuff until I found this website. I would prefer to stay in the midwest or south.That's strange that even the top of Loyola's class has trouble finding jobs in Chicago. Is chicago a very competitive legal market? What about St. Louis or Dallas?
I think what is important to remember is that your debt load will have a significant impact on where/what you can practice. It just may be impossible to live on $60K if you have $100K in debt in Chicago.It wouldn't be that difficult to live here in that situation. Hell, I know folks who make 25K per year (not JD's) and make due in Chicago.