The T14 barrier

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dtl
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The T14 barrier

Postby dtl » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:42 pm

Hey all,

My question is: how tangible is the T14 barrier in the real world compared to schools just above it. Right now I am in at UCLA transfer and have family in Los Angeles. I also got into Georgetown( who gave me 4 days to make a decision) and expect that I will possibly get into Cornell.

Since they are only one or two ranks above UCLA I am leaning towards my preference to staying near my family. At the same time tbose one or two ranks breach into the T14. How important is that? Is it something that recruiters actually pay attention to or is the ranking pretty much all linear after you clear hvs?

opinions appreciated! Thanks.

abc12345675
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Re: The T14 barrier

Postby abc12345675 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:45 pm

For flexibility as to location- yes. If you want to work in LA though, just go to UCLA. A Cornell grad isn't going to have an advantage over you.

dixon02
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Re: The T14 barrier

Postby dixon02 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:47 pm

dtl wrote:Hey all,

My question is: how tangible is the T14 barrier in the real world compared to schools just above it. Right now I am in at UCLA transfer and have family in Los Angeles. I also got into Georgetown( who gave me 4 days to make a decision) and expect that I will possibly get into Cornell.

Since they are only one or two ranks above UCLA I am leaning towards my preference to staying near my family. At the same time tbose one or two ranks breach into the T14. How important is that? Is it something that recruiters actually pay attention to or is the ranking pretty much all linear after you clear hvs?

opinions appreciated! Thanks.


Rankings are entirely irrelevant. Look at the employment data for each school, and try to gauge its placement power in the region where you want to practice.

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dpk711
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Re: The T14 barrier

Postby dpk711 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:49 pm

Where do you want to practice?

CanadianWolf
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Re: The T14 barrier

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:49 pm

Depends upon your target market. In your case, I suspect that you are targeting law firms in Southern California. With substantial ties to that geographic area, Georgetown & Cornell will work as well as or, possibly, better than UCLA for biglaw placement in SoCal. If this is your target market, then it comes down to personal preference among UCLA, Cornell & Georgetown but interviewing will be easier if attending a local, dominant law school, in my opinion.

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Re: The T14 barrier

Postby jessuf » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:28 pm

I don't know much about Cornell, but there are some firms with LA/SD/OC offices at GULC's OCI, if that's what you're aiming for. They also have an interview program where you interview in LA with firms in the area called the On Tour Interview Program. I have ties to SD but honestly didn't find too many SD firms or firms with offices there. I feel like UCLA would have much more for southern CA firms.




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