smiles123 wrote:Do people coming from regional schools(Temple, Villanova, Drexel) have an edge over lower T14 graduates in the Philly market?
Drexel? No, Drexel does not have an advantage over Duke or Cornell, even in Philly. Drexel is sort of a joke.
To be clear, Temple and Nova grads aren't dying for jobs. In my experience, Temple is the better choice of the two, but they both have a decent shot to land people jobs. But when we are talking about biglaw, its sort of a different story. Also, saying people from any T14 will have "no trouble" getting biglaw in Philly is laughable. If you have good stats, sure. If you go to Penn, or HYS, sure. But folks that are bottom of the barrel at Gtown aren't going to have "no trouble" at finding biglaw in Philly.
The Philly market is not good by any means, and this is according to multiple partners at biglaw firms in the city (love it when boomers actually know whats happening instead of thinking mass mailing gets everyone 6 figures). In my experience, the Philly market was very difficult to crack for any job, let alone biglaw (Pitt, somewhere around top 25% grades, journal + mootcourt + firm experience). That said, what are we comparing to? I wouldn't say Philly is any better or worse than Chicago. I don't have any experience with the Atlanta market, but it sounds even worse than Philly. Idk, I would say overall the NY market is better than Philly, but again, there isn't some magical market that is "good" anywhere. Its all relative and highly depends on what you're comparing to.