This of course assumes that you are not extremely wealthy, but even still, It seems that even if I do pull the high 160's or scrape 170's (allowing me at least a shot at some t-14 schools) I don't think I would ever attend. From what people are saying on here, less than 30% of people at these schools are getting into the "BigLaw Jobs" and it may even be lower than that. Wouldn't it make more sense to go somewhere like Temple, Iowa, Indiana, Pitt etc. (low cost of living, and possibly a full ride) with about the same opportunity to get a Big Law Job via less competition? I personally know if I could just scrape into a t-14 I would never do it because the odds of cracking the upper 30% in one of those universities while just barely getting in are probably about the same as being top 10% elsewhere, meanwhile you would have saved yourself in the range of $100,000 after interest.
Also isn't it a well known fact that the further you get out of law school, the less your weight your law school holds?
Just want to see what people have to say about this.
Part of it is the draw of the name of the school. It's outlandishly difficult to even get a screening interview at a top firm if you're not at a big name school. You CAN try mass mailing and things of that sort and it can possibly work but it's not very likely at all. Top firms just don't go to the OCI of mediocre schools. It's not the same.
I also don't know about that 30% figure. This year is supposed to be the worst year and the figures aren't in yet...I'd be willing to bet the figure is better than that for most schools with the possible exception of Georgetown and based on what I've heard (surprisingly) Cornell
. I would also be willing to bet that the odds of biglaw out of Iowa and Indiana are at less than 2%.
Not really, the only way that's surprising is if you go by the TLS hype that Cornell receives, on here it's boosted up as if it is a stronger school than GULC, it's not. Cornell places well in NYC biglaw and that's about it (strangely Duke, which does better than Cornell, gets bashed all the time on here).