Renne Walker wrote:
dingbat wrote:sorry, I meant to say the local feeder, not a local feeder.
In which case, hiring stats back me up (top 25% is open to debate; I'm basing it off 4 markets I know about)
Yes, it's an oversimplification; grades get the interview, not the job, but the point remains the same.
Please correct me where I'm wrong
If you are talking market sizes like Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, Birmingham, etc. where firms rarely hear from applicants at HYSCCNP, a/the local feeder should be fine. To support your local feeder point, LSU has a 79% employment rate, 5% large firm.
BigLaw has been hiring a certain way for decades and I doubt they will suddenly vary their process (although the number of hires might vary). Most big law firms have web sites showing were their lawyers graduated from, and in most cases dozens of schools are represented with an attorney or two, so it does happen.
At OCI I would spin my top 10% at my local feeder school, but I would never compare my top 10% to someone’s bottom 25% at a T-14. . . .hopefully you already know that.
Even in this economy
Top 25% at either USC or UCLA should get you interviews at biglaw in Los Angeles
Top 25% at BU or BC should get you interviews at biglaw in Boston
Top 25% at Fordham should get you interviews at biglaw in NY (top 10% at Brooklyn or Cardozo would, too)
Top 25% at UT should get you interviews at biglaw in Texas
I believe top 25% at GW should get you interviews in DC, although I'm not as familiar with that
I believe the same is true for top 15% of WUSTL in St. Louis, Emory in Georgia, Minnesota in Minneapolis, or UW in Washington
Beyond that, I don't know if there are any local markets (other than SF, of which I know nothing) with any real biglaw presence.
I do know that top 10% at Rutgers or Seton Hall will get an interview for biglaw
On the other hand, bottom 25% at a T14 is struggling ITE; maybe it was only bottom 10% in boom times, but at that time, the schools mentioned above would send a lot more too, with median being sufficient in several cases.