chargers21 wrote:Negotiation declined. Still 120k vs. 75k. If Atlanta is my new target (I have ties, but are there many jobs there?) what is the best option? Texas (no ties) and Chicago still ahead of NYC. Will the same grades (or class rank) at either ultimately give me the same non-NYC biglaw options? NYC top firms available with same grades from either? I'm just trying to see if the same options are there at median from both, as some people have been telling me Duke has the advantage in the south
Duke has a strong southern brand, but it's not like Cornell is unknown in Atlanta, it still has a strong national ivy reputation...getting a big law job in Atlanta will come down to several factors when you're considering non HYS schools...grades, ties, interviewing skills, and luck will all play a factor...if an ATL firm is looking at two candidates, one from Cornell and one from duke, they'll look at what sets them apart, mainly who performed better in their class (rank and gpa). I don't believe the duke name on its own will make or break a big law job in Atlanta over Cornell imo.
Both are great schools, good luck with the choice!