moonman157 wrote:I know this may be a tough question to answer, but is Boston considered a region that requires ties to crack? I'm not from there, but I love the city, and BU/BC are two of my top choices. Thanks.
Ties are a boost but going to BU/BC should be sufficient.
The key thing that people are missing is grades. It's not impossible to crack into a lot of markets without ties (talking more about DC/LA/SF/Chi than Jackson, MS or Little Rock, AR) but your grade requirements are going to be different and much higher than someone else who has ties.
Harvard's OCS likened ties to being something akin to changing an H to a P or a P to an H on your resume. In terms of a school with grades it'd be taking an A- and switching it to a B on your resume. Someone with ties gets that B switched to an A-. Would your GPA still be better than them (would your GPA even be sufficient for BIGLAW at all?) if that happened? Granted its a oversimplification, but with so many people applying for so few law firms dropping your GPA and boosting all of the natives would result in you going from very competitive to less competitive. It might mean 100 additional people have a higher GPA than you that didn't before.