TaipeiMort wrote:Once again, I'm not going to say that there aren't some pretty awesome reasons to go to Duke, and maybe a couple for UVA too, but Chicago is national in placement
and the other two are not. If you attend UVA or Duke expecting to get a job outside of NYC or the South, or maybe DC if you kill it, then you will be disappointed. If you go to Duke or UVA expecting to get a big law job from the median, then you will be disappointed.
I'm another UVA student working on the west coast. There are plenty of us. Your ties, not your school, is what largely determines your geographical reach.
Also there are literally dozens (hundreds?) of UVA students around median who have big firm jobs lined up. It's more the norm than anything else. Class of 2011 got it bad. But the classes of 2012 and 2013 did pretty well. I wasn't that far above median and had almost 20 callbacks, most of them on the west coast.