Lord Randolph McDuff wrote:kalvano wrote:Don't go to Colorado. You have no ties, and it may be the most insular market there is. Ask all the Harvard kids who want to work there and can't get a job. You'll have basically zero chance. Even if you ended up top 10%, you'd probably struggle to get a job. Also, Coloradoans are not fond of Texans, so double blow.
This is 100% untrue. Colorado is probably the least "insular" state in the country. Hardly anyone here in actually from here. Over half the law school is out of state. Kalvano is only correct in terms of big law ( which barely exists in this state ). Big law, in Colorado or anywhere, is very tie conscious. Some Harvard kid who has only vacationed in Colorado has little chance. Though, someone that has been three years at CU Law developing a tie will certainly have a crack. You probably won't get it though-- again, the large firm market is minuscule, especially compared to Texas.
Finally, the schools are peers, they just have different students. SMU will have far more students who want private side work. In fact, I perused that ATL ranking everyone's been talking about and the student questionare at CU Law showed that only 33% of students wanted private work when they showed up. As a student here, I can personally back that up. The point is these job placement stats are helpful, but they do not make apples to apples comparisons across the board. The real credited response is CU for Colorado, SMU for Texas.
-3L at CU, no ties beyond school, average grades, job in Texas lined up when I graduate.
This is not my expericence, or basically anyone else's expericence. The Employment Forum is full of people with top-tier credentials and plenty of ties to Colorado who couldn't get a damn thing.