Aberzombie1892 wrote:mr.hands wrote:Now you're just misstating his argument. You said that if you're median at Michigan you're "likely out" at all major markets. He called bullshit.
So do I
Do you have any evidence of this? Also, be weary of anecdotal arguments. For example, I'm sure some people in the bottom 20% at GTown get NLJ firms. Does that mean that you could reasonably expect to be competitive NLJ firms from the bottom 20% there? Certainly not.
My overall point is that, due to Michigan's lack of being a feeder into a major market, being at the median there is a much riskier proposition than being median at a "peer" school (here primarily meaning PBN). Thus, if given the option (and at anywhere near the same price), someone should always go to a peer school (again, PBN).
Unless, you know...the major market a school feeds into becomes over-saturated. Sure, Penn places a higher percentage into NYC. That means your competing with a larger number of students. And, if anything happens to NYC's bread and butter...like finance...the impact is greater.
Plenty of people at Michigan end up in BigLaw at median or below.
Your argument simply goes way too far. Michigan is right for some people, and Penn for others. That doesn't mean that Penn is always the right choice. Especially since your assertion isn't qualified by if you want NYC.
You're also not allotting for the fact that firms don't want all of their summers from the same school. (For instance, the DC firm I summered with limits themselves to 2-3 G-town people.) This can also skew any perceived benefit of being at a "feeder".