romothesavior wrote:I was somewhat with you until that last line. But no, it is not a marginal difference, and I could find you an army of law students, recent grads, CSO employees, and hiring folks who would disagree with you. It is a bigger hurdle in interviews, and requires better grades than the hometown students.
romo, i don't mean any disrespect. i really. really don't. and i understand your position and take your statement with great weight.
that said. my anecdotal evidence has been different. i realize you have more experience with it, but when speaking to some recent grads, i expected to hear almost nothing but complete devastation. that wasn't what i heard at all. I even asked about the homerism. it was asked in every interview, more than once, but just because a question is asked doesn't mean it is the
criterion. i think it's reasonable to say that you'll need better grades than your counterparts after the top 10% at UGA, but you'll not be precluded from the job.
honestly, your options out of law school seem to be pretty much the same outside of the top 20 up to the rest of tier 1.
the lines only get blurry at the margins between biglaw/gov/clerk > job > no job. That's the definition of marginal for me.
Honestly. I don't think that you won't be precluded from every job just because you're not a homer. Not even in the most parochial markets. There will be other more significant factors that you could have controlled. Not networking, not getting the best grades, interviewing poorly. You'll be precluded from some jobs because others will be more attractive, but not every job.
If you land 45k with minimal debt, you could have done much, much worse in life. This was a really bad generation to be born into. It's not because you're a law student, it's because you were born after 1980.