Lord Randolph McDuff wrote:They are going to hire the sharper attorney.
Dude admit that "ties" is at best a tie-breaker. If the exact = dooder knew about Sam Houston High's sick run in 06 maybe he gets the gig, but the fact is that if you go to Tech and become a good writer, advocate, whatever, you can be successful there. OP is right on-- the first thing you see in the choose my school for me dealios is super misleading. A "tie-breaker" consideration should not be the first thing an applicant hears about.
Your conception of "tiebreaker" is wrong because your conception of "tie" is wrong. It's not like a person with top 12% grades is necessarily viewed as better by a firm than someone with top 13% grades. They certainly aren't viewed as being the "sharper attorney" (lolololololol). Once you get into the CB stage, it becomes less about grades and more about other factors. This isn't a football game where tie means exactly equal numbers. Have "ties" breaks a "tie" in the sense that it is one factor among many that firms consider, and some firms are very interested in this ties shit. I didn't make up that quote from the hiring attorney a page or two back. And his view isn't unique either. You have a much tougher climb in convincing an employer if you are from somewhere else. I guess CU is just the one lone exception in the whole legal world, because people I know from Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, etc. have had this same exact experience.
If you have elite grades, you will have options almost anywhere. But if you are in that middling group (where most people are), you better bring something else to the table. Ties can be one of those somethings because it can help make you a better interview and make you more attractive for a firm thinking long term about retention.
Anyways, this is getting to be circular. Your 1L wisdom is infallible and trumps the pages and pages of 2Ls and 3Ls who disagree with you.