Lord Randolph McDuff wrote:60% of my school is out-of-state and yet 90% work in Colorado.
Whatever man, just because you say it will be a bitch of a time doesn't make it a bitch of a time. 98% of the anecdotes on this cite have come from students at top 25 schools who are trying to get a job someplace they A) didn't grow up or B) didn't go to school.
The local school is a big "tie."
Since only 65% of CU grads (assuming it's CU) got a full time bar-passage required job after graduation in 2010, I'm not sure this is the best example to use.
The other week I talked to a dude who told me someone who went to UF and had sky-high grades struck out at OCI because he had no previous ties. The person who told me this was at UF was a LR grade-on who managed to squeak 1 out 1 firm offer in the spring. He blames this on lack of ties.
If you have badass grades, you should still have option with large firms. If you have to hustle with small firms, you can demonstrate commitment by networking, etc., but you're already behind the 8ball compared to people who are from there.