0L here posting for the first time. As others have said, really appreciate this thread. Also appreciate the IHR thread, worldtraveler. Thanks, y'all.
While I'm 0L and know I have a lot to learn (hence my lurking on this and other TLS forums), I have 15 years experience in the nonprofit field. I wanted to add some anecdotal points on nonprofit PI and needing to attend a T14, T30, etc. to get a job. I suggest people look at the places they might imagine themselves working and look at the bios of the staff currently in the staff attorney, etc. positions you think you would be applying to. See where their degrees are from. See what kind of WE they had prior to their current position.
I was spurred to post here because I saw a comment that American should be avoided. While I am sure it hella easier to get a job from T14, I know two people who went to American (former colleagues). Small sample size, I know. But for what it's worth, both got jobs basically right out of school. One went on to work at ACLU (small state), moved from there to SEIU and then to Public Citizen. The other got a job with UNHCR where she worked for a few years in South America and Africa and is now Practitioner-in-Residence/Lecturer at a law school's Human Rights Clinic. These are only two people, and they both had great WE prior to law school, but I thought a few more data points could be useful to the conversation. As I am considering PI immigration law, I've looked at places like the National Immigrant Justice Center. While there are a few HLS, NYU and Boalt JDs there, there are also quite a few DePauls and Loyola Chicago folks as well as a couple IU Indy and Kent-Chicago lawyers there (see: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/nijc-staff
FWIW, I totally agree with others who have said that top nonprofits like HRW, SPLC, ACLU national, etc. wouldn't be hiring DePaul lawyers.
I also want to echo what others have said about the value of networking and WE in the field you plan to go into, as I am sure that's what helped the folks from DePaul get a job at NIJC and the two American cases I cited above.
Before anyone goes TLS crazy on me, I am not suggesting people go to TT or TTT law schools, I am just suggesting they do research and look at the profiles of people in the positions they'd like to be in post-law school. And while many on these forums suggest you skip a cycle and re-take the LSAT so as to go to a better law school, in the case of PI, especially for 0Ls that would be K-JDs, equally good advice may be to take a year off and work in the field before going to law school.