duckmoney wrote:It would probably depend on the firm to say whether the lower T14 was better than Vandy. Local firms might prefer Vandy, while satellites of NYC firms might prefer Cornell. If your goal is the south when deciding law schools, it's probably a wash and your decision should be based on cost and subjective factors.
In most markets in the South, Southern firms are the big dogs. Miami comes to mind as an exception. Furthermore, even at satellites, it's pretty common for the national firm to merge in a local firm (see, e.g., K&L Gates Charlotte) or to recruit locals to man the office (see, e.g., Quarles & Brady Tampa). These firms generally don't just relocate a bunch of New Yorkers. Still might be a wash, as Cornell's got some name brand recognition, but don't underestimate that a bunch of Southern firms come to OCI. Think basically almost every big firm in Birmingham, ATL, and Nashville, a very healthy amount of Texas and Charlotte firms, and a smattering of LA, MS, and KY (not technically the South, but you get the idea).
FL is actually a notable exception. They want to hire Vandy grads, but don't want to pay to come to OCI. FL hiring is a shitshow right now.