aiaea wrote:Thanks for bringing this up. I concur that some have taken it for granted that it would be easy for us to end up in the same city post Duke graduation. I get Duke is a huge feeder school for NYC, but isn't it a bit more difficult to land BigLaw in NY compared to NYU/CLS, or even Penn? If yes, doesn't requiring that two people be able to find such jobs in NYC further complicate odds? Then again, I understand Duke does pretty well in DC placement, and we would be happy to end up there as well.
I'm not sure how to answer this, but I'll do my best:
1.) If you can get BigLaw anywhere from Duke, NYC will be one of those places.
2.) If you can get BigLaw anywhere from Penn, NYC will be one of those places.
3.) If you can get BigLaw anywhere from NYU or Columbia, NYC will be one of those places.
4.) It is easier to get NYC BigLaw from Penn than from Duke, and even easier from NYU or Columbia.
5.) You won't have much trouble getting some
sort of full-time, market-or-LRAP job in NYC from Duke, Penn, NYU, or Columbia as long as you are smart about the job search.
In other words, NYU > Duke for NYC BigLaw (if for no other reason than location), but the odds of you not being in the same city are close to zero no matter what.
Grades are the critical thing here. Avoid the bottom third and don't go Ron Paul Revolution or Get Back In The Kitchen or... that thing you said in the first post...
during the interviews, and it shouldn't be too difficult to get NYC BigLaw from any of the four schools. At NYU, though, striking out usually involves one of the above *and* bad strategy. I assume Columbia is the same.
DC is another matter. DC chances are probably somewhat close to equal from all the schools (slightly easier from Columbia), but that doesn't mean it will be easy from anywhere.