Snape wrote:This is interesting...I thought the schools required the firms to look at US News and student grades and then they created a ratio to make offers? This allowed the schools and students who have depended on their parents and teachers for their entire lives to make sure nobody felt bad at not getting a job because they chose a school in the wrong location or didn't know how to compete in the real world. So unfortunate! This thread seems to imply that students will actually have to seek employment on their own and possibly think about more than a basic rankings system when deciding what school to attend--seems like a lot of work!
OP, for a 0L, I think the choice of C/N > NU is an easy one because there is less downside risk. Even if said 0L wants a Chicago job, there's a bigger chance he'll end up with NO job if he goes to NU. There is very little chance he will be jobless if he goes to C/N.
But for someone who is a 1L considering transferring, the calculus is different. You already have the grades you'll be using for OCI. So the question really is: are t30 transfers who want Chicago biglaw better at NU or C/N? I think the answer is pretty clearly NU. Of course, if you can get Chicago, you should go there. But if you go to C/N, you run the risk of firms thinking you're not committed to Chicago.