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Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:22 am
by RW21
I am deciding between Wash U in St. Louis, Notre Dame and Fordham. Ideally I would like the option of working for a large firm in NYC or Boston after graduation.

Wash U and Notre Dame have better ranks and beautiful campuses, but Fordham is in my desired location. I have no clue which is more important and I really need to decide ASAP!

I would really appreciate some advice!

Re: Wash U v Notre Dame v Fordham

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:09 pm
by ndirish2010
Fordham.

Re: Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:54 pm
by Snowdrifter
Geography > rank*


* = unless the disparity rank is comparing a T14 v. non-T14

Re: Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:58 pm
by Blindmelon
If you wanna be in NYC - Fordham is the easy choice given that cost is similar.

Re: Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:59 pm
by Blindmelon
If you wanted Boston OR NYC, did you apply to BC/BU? Both really strong in Boston and can definitely hold their own in NYC. Fordham is probably the best for NYC, but doesn't transfer outside out NY.

Re: Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:03 pm
by CanadianWolf
Fordham will be the most helpful of your three choices for securing law firm interviews in New York City. Attending Fordham Law School will offer many internship/clerking opportunities with NYC law firms that may result in permanent placement.
Boston is a difficult legal market if one is attending a non-Boston area or Top 14 law school.
Attending any of these three law schools, making Law Review & graduating in the top 5% - 10% of the class should be enough to enable one to get interviews at top NYC & Boston law firms.

Re: Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:35 am
by RW21
Blindmelon wrote:If you wanted Boston OR NYC, did you apply to BC/BU? Both really strong in Boston and can definitely hold their own in NYC. Fordham is probably the best for NYC, but doesn't transfer outside out NY.


BC- rejected
BU- waitlisted

Do you think that Wash U or Notre Dame give me a better shot at a Boston school, or is Boston just out of the question for me?

Re: Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:37 am
by nol607
For NYC is Cardozo > Emory? (16k/yr Dozo, sticker Emory)

Re: Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:08 pm
by Blindmelon
RW21 wrote:
Blindmelon wrote:If you wanted Boston OR NYC, did you apply to BC/BU? Both really strong in Boston and can definitely hold their own in NYC. Fordham is probably the best for NYC, but doesn't transfer outside out NY.


BC- rejected
BU- waitlisted

Do you think that Wash U or Notre Dame give me a better shot at a Boston school, or is Boston just out of the question for me?


Going to be tough with any of the schools for Boston. I would just go to Fordham and aim for NYC.

Re: Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:05 pm
by RW21
Blindmelon wrote:
RW21 wrote:
Blindmelon wrote:If you wanted Boston OR NYC, did you apply to BC/BU? Both really strong in Boston and can definitely hold their own in NYC. Fordham is probably the best for NYC, but doesn't transfer outside out NY.


BC- rejected
BU- waitlisted

Do you think that Wash U or Notre Dame give me a better shot at a Boston school, or is Boston just out of the question for me?


Going to be tough with any of the schools for Boston. I would just go to Fordham and aim for NYC.


Why is it so difficult to break into the Boston legal market? I was accepted to Northeastern, but wasn't considering it because of rank. Would northeastern be my best bet if I want a job in Boston?

Re: Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:09 pm
by bceagles182
I feel like Notre Dame has a solid alumni base in Boston but that's just anecdotal from growing up there. I know a couple of partners at major Boston firms that went to Notre Dame.

That said, if you're indifferent to Boston or NYC, go with Fordham and focus on NYC.

Re: Geography v Rank ??? Which is more important??

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:18 pm
by Blindmelon
RW21 wrote:
Blindmelon wrote:
RW21 wrote:
Blindmelon wrote:If you wanted Boston OR NYC, did you apply to BC/BU? Both really strong in Boston and can definitely hold their own in NYC. Fordham is probably the best for NYC, but doesn't transfer outside out NY.


BC- rejected
BU- waitlisted

Do you think that Wash U or Notre Dame give me a better shot at a Boston school, or is Boston just out of the question for me?


Going to be tough with any of the schools for Boston. I would just go to Fordham and aim for NYC.


Why is it so difficult to break into the Boston legal market? I was accepted to Northeastern, but wasn't considering it because of rank. Would northeastern be my best bet if I want a job in Boston?


Its just difficult because other than Harvard and T14 folks that can make it up here, BC/BU really do dominate.