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Old 04-27-2008, 01:13 PM
 
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Hey All,
My husband and I are looking to move to Eugene (or any surrounding area). We now live in Grand Rapids, MI. Our biggest concerns are jobs and the housing market. From what research I have seen, around $200K is normal which would be fine w/ us. We wouldn't mind living in an outlying area and driving in, we'd rather have some space than the suburbs. But jobs are the biggest concern and are hard to get in Michigan; it took me a year of looking to get a crappy atty job w/ low pay. My husband is in IT/computers. How is the job market there? Any big firms by name that would be good to apply to? We are really into outdoors, hiking, biking, and we love the ocean and forest. So we feel OR would be a good match. We are hoping to come in July and any info would be much appreciated. We have no kids as of yet either. We own a small condo now but would really like to get a house. Thanks!
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Old 04-27-2008, 03:55 PM
 
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Default The Housing bubble is slowly bursting in Oregon....

The NW is about a year behind the rest of the country & prices are headed down...Rent & save your pennies...The economy is slowing here...Hewlet Packard is big in Corvallis...
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Eugene isn't known for 'big' employers. What I would do is to check Monster and Craig's list to see what you come up with, and don't overlook the City of Eugene or Springfield or Lane County.

I agree with WorkinStiff, rent for a year. Home prices are under pressure and there will likely be better buys next year. Renting will also give you an opportunity to get to know neighborhoods.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:34 PM
 
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You can try Eugene Jobs - EugeneJobs.net: Jobs in Eugene and Careers in Eugene - as well. As other posters have said, Eugene really doesn't have a lot to offer as far as big companies. I've never lived in a place so full of independent business owners and private practices. I think that the University of Oregon and the hospitals are the largest employers. There is also some kind of a semiconductor facility (symantec?).

As far as home-buying... I agree - rent and get to know the neighborhoods first. Eugene has very distinct little areas. You want to be sure to find a home in an area that suits you and your lifestyle.

Good luck with everything!
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:35 PM
 
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I appreciate all your advice so far. I guess if there are not big employers, are there at least jobs in IT and Attorney? I dont mind working for a small firm, as I do right now, those are often better than big firms anyway. I guess if anyone knows of some firm name to apply to that would be great. Same for IT. Thanks!
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I assume that you have passed the Oregon Bar exam.

Were I you I could talk to the Oregon Bar Assn for legal positions.

One problem you will have is that the University of Oregon has a law school and lots of graduates from that institution want to stay. The same thing happens to graduates from the School of Architecture.

The UofO has a software program in the School of Mathematics, OSU does the hardware side.
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Old 04-28-2008, 08:47 PM
 
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I have not passed the OR bar however I am a licesned attorney in MI and the OR rules under House Rule 18 allow me to practice w/ a firm until I do pass the bar, I just cannot go to court or do legal aid. I appreciate the advice though, I didnt know about the law school and that is a consideration.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:18 PM
 
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What type of law do you practice?
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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I have not passed the OR bar however I am a licesned attorney in MI and the OR rules under House Rule 18 allow me to practice w/ a firm until I do pass the bar, I just cannot go to court or do legal aid. I appreciate the advice though, I didnt know about the law school and that is a consideration.
Depending on your commitment to living in Oregon, you might want to consider taking the Oregon Bar before you move out there. The legal market in Oregon is not that big and Eugene has far fewer opportunities for a lawyer than Portland. Not having bar membership could be an impediment to finding employment as an attorney since any firm hiring you would have to gamble that you would pass the bar. I'm not saying you couldn't pass it, but you have to look at it from an employer's perspective.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:19 AM
 
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I practice plaintiff civil litigation but wouldn't mind doing criminal or family law. I understand having passed the bar is always best when looking for a job. However, I believe that I will be able to pass it and since I am already licensed in a harder state, I don't think it will be a problem. Also, like I said above, OR has a rule where I can practice to a limited extent in a firm so I wouldn't be a drag on the firm just waiting to pass. Anyhow, I appreciate the honest advice!
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