PeanutsNJam wrote:Colorado placed slightly over 8% of its class into biglaw. You'd need to be in the top 10% to have a comfortable, realistic shot at Colorado biglaw from that school. I can tell you for a fact that someone with the same grades from WUSTL (top 10%) got a biglaw job in Denver, and I believe she could have done it with lower grades too (she had super strong ties though).
While I wouldn't go to either school excepting to get biglaw in Denver/Boulder, CU isn't any better than WUSTL. If you land outside the top 10% at CU, you are OUT of biglaw. Not so at WUSTL.
You make valid points. I will say that I know a number of people who fell outside of the top 10% at CU who are working at BL. Colorado is a bizarrely parochial market and networking plays an outsized role. Rank matters, but not as much as it would if one were entering the market from outside. I would have agreed had your argument been that WUSTL offered better odds of BL in general, but I'd still maintain that CO BL odds are better from CU. In the end, the numbers won't prove either of us conclusively correct. Of course CU has more grads in CO BL, but that's largely reflection of self selection and not the ability of the school. If more WUSTL students aimed for the CO market, they might beat CU but we'll probably never know.
That said, the anecdotes of the folks I know hardly constitute "data" and the numbers you cite are worth consideration by the OP. Your fundamental point still stands: neither school is great for BL, whether in CO or elsewhere. I think your post again reinforces the idea that the OP should really search for a way to relieve his debt obligations and re-apply next year. With a compelling personal statement he'd likely end up with affordable options at T13/14 schools that would render this debate moot.