Blessedassurance wrote:flexityflex86 wrote: Obviously Fordham is better than Iowa, but I figured Fordham is say as much better than Iowa than Penn is than Georgetown - hence the 21-35 separation.
It depends on the geographic region, which is what others have said. I doubt Fordham is better than Iowa if you're looking to practice in Iowa.
I was trying to simplify for OP that which can't completely be simplified, but overall if OP says, "I want to go anywhere in America I get a job" then Fordham and Iowa are somewhat simpler.
I guess more broadly if we're assuming top half at a given school:
If you want to be truly national then a top 3.
If you want a state then top 14.
If you want a decent shot at employment tier 1 (obvious fluctuations between)