So, here is the scenario:
1) I go to Duke, or maybe Cornell, both t14. I graduate in the middle/lower end of the class, but definitely not at the top. Am I going to make $100,000? Are the big law firms still interested in me?
2) I'll throw in a loop. What if you graduate from some place like Notre Dame or Boston University, (just outside the t14, at like T20 or T24, nothing higher though) and I STILL graduate in the middle/bottom of the class, what are my job prospects in the big cities at the big law firms?
My goal is to make $$$$$$$. I know i'll be working A LOT of hours, but that is just me. I don't want family. No kids. I want to WORK. But I don't know if I can graduate in the top of my class at these IVY schools. Does the person who graduates LAST at DUKE still get good salary potential because of the school name??
Duke, in particular, has been at the forefront of being transperant in their hiring success. They have posted a list showing where something like 98% of their grads went. (I might be wrong and it was the whole 100%). The results show that it is GOOD, every single person on there did well, imo. Vandy has also done this. I respect these schools a lot for being secure enough to publish the data. Vandy's data showed everyone did really well, too, if my memory serves me correctly.
BU below the median is probably pretty bad, in general. Individuals could do well coming out of there,though. If you look at the NLJ chart(link below) and add clerkships plus employment at NLJ 250's plus whatever else you might want to add to figure out who COULD have gone BIGLAW, then you might get a figure between 30 or 40% for schools in BU's tier. Just beware when looking at that figure, that 30% includes patent attornies, urms, ppl with sick resumes from prior WE, amazingly charasmatic ppl, hot chicks(xoxo contribution, I believe it deserves consideration) in addition to your "regular" law students. So, if the number is 40%, you probably need at least top 25%. But,then I might be wrong, I'm an 0L.
Also, fyi, please don't say things like "I'm in for the money, I want to make money, money,money". It's distasteful and might make people hesitate in helping you. You want prestige and a challenge, its like going into i-banking. hth.http://www.law.com/pdf/nlj/20080414empl ... trends.pdf