mysticfeline wrote:Thanks. I'm honestly not too concerned about the debt, since I won't ultimately be footing the bill (long story), but I'm hesitant to give up a Columbia degree, particularly with its focus in international law, if it could offer me any advantage whatsoever. Do you think it might? For example, would a Texas firm recruit from the top 25% at Columbia but only the top 10% at UT?
This is very possible. Texas firms paying market do go to OCI at the top schools. They wouldn't waste their time if they were just going to hire all of their associates from UT. That said, Columbia is represented less than some other schools such as Harvard and UVA. Someone in another thread awhile back posted that in 2008, 60 something firms paying market did OCI at UT while 50 or so went to Harvard as well as UVA and Columbia had 20 something show up. I have perused the NALP directory and this seemed to agree with the impression I got even though I didn't chart it.
If I were in your shoes I would take the money at Texas in a second, BUT if you have an enormous inheritance or a wealthy family footing the bill and you want the best shot possible at F&J, V&E or B&B, then Columbia would likely be the right call. Even though he is older and no longer involved in hiring, a partner at one of those firms did tell me that they will go deeper into a class at some of the more prestigous schools than they would from UT.