Splintor49 wrote:An AmLaw 50 attorney that is a friend of a friend's sent me this e-mail in regards to my questions:
"I've reviewed the schools you are considering as of a week ago and would be happy to discuss. I have a few perspectives that might be useful (briefly, if you are aspiring to an AmLaw 50 career track or a top 20 law school teaching position, then attending the very best, most highly ranked school is a good investment and will improve ultimate career choices; if you know where you'd like to practice, then the local networks of the schools will matter and part-time positions, internships, etc. are quite valuable). If I were doing this all over again, I'd want to know % of graduates placed by graduation, the top 20-25 law firms hiring graduates, the list of firms which interviewed on campus last year, and try to get some personal take from a recent graduate or two as to their view of the value of their particular degree. Frankly modest dollar differences in out-of-pocket costs thru graduation tell me less than what is the practical value of the credential in terms of getting the career opportunity you aspire to.
We very consciously try to limit hiring to the group we broadly view as top 25 schools, except for students in the top 10% of schools in our particular cities. It is no longer true that the most selective law firms hire only from a handful of top schools, but the competitiveness of the school still matters -- a lot -- and ultimate academic success will be the deciding factor."
That's pretty much it. At top schools they will hire deeply (up to half of the class at the T14) and they will take roughly the top 5% or so of the shitty schools in the area. Since you are considering the aforementioned shitty schools, you have a 5% or so chance of getting hired by a biglaw firm (one that will pay a 6 figure salary and make taking out over $100k in debt worth it). Since these schools only have a 5% shot at that, you should pick the cheapest one since your starting salary will most likely be in the 30-60k range.