Rut roh. Time to start the BU/BC hate...http://www.leiterrankings.com/jobs/2008job_biglaw.shtml
"One thing the results indicate is how little impact U.S. News rankings are having on where the firms choose to hire. That is clearest when schools share a regional market. Boston College was, for quite some time, ranked ahead of Boston University in U.S. News, but it is quite clear that BU dominates BC at the best firms in the Northeast corridor."
Of course, this is only if you're into pretige rankings, which I think are pretty lame. Bigfirm placement (and pretty much placement into market-rate jobs) out of BC and BU are basically the same %. BU just does better with traditionally more prestigious places. That being said, there are tons, tons of reasons to take a "non-prestigious" firm job at like Nutter or Foley Hoag over a place like Ropes and Gray.
So in totality, it doesn't mean much. They're the same... unless you're a prestige-monger.
Sorry, in Boston BC is definitely the more prestigious school. Everyone around here thinks BU is a state school. BC has been a top school here for as long as the U.S. News have been providing rankings, hitting as high as #19. BU was sitting comfortably at #40, a number BC has never seen.
BC undergrad may also provide further reason why BC is seen as more prestigious than BU. BC undergrad is like #32 in the nation, while BU is something like #50-60, a TT.
Sure a few "more prestigious" firms may take 4-5 more students than BC, I dont think this has much to do with the power or lack of prestige of BC. More so to do with self-selection.
In Boston, BC > BU
Those numbers you provided are a joke. Look at NLJ250. Splitting hairs between prestigious firms has no absolute bearing on the prestige of the school. Could easily be self-selection.