MistakenGenius wrote:On the other hand, this choice depends entirely on your career goals. A lot of these posts are just parroting the dumbass TLS hivemind. Firms in New York LOVE Columbia. However, contrary to the hive's belief, Columbia is NOT a national degree, and you may well struggle if you're not at the top of your class if you don't want NYC (and who the hell does?) If you say Columbia in the Southeast, you may well get confused with grads from South Carolina. If you say it in the midwest, then Missouri comes into play. Westerners might be vaguely aware of the existence of Columbia, but you'll find you don't do nearly as well as your counterparts of their elite schools. Columbia is highly regional, but it benefits from being the best school in its region, which happens to host the most Biglaw hiring.
What the fuck? No. I assure you that nobody in the South or Midwest will confuse Columbia with South Carolina or Missouri. The name doesn't have the cachet of Harvard, sure, but don't be a dolt.