objection_your_honor wrote:How portable is a UVA JD compared to similar tier T14s? I have some ties to a few secondary markets (PNW, Denver, Minneapolis, Houston, Milwaukee) — how does UVA compare to NU or Georgetown in cities outside of DC/NYC?
What about Chicago with no ties?
What about California with no ties?
From experience and anecdoates, in Secondary markets you listed (except Houston probably), if you have median or above grades, you'll probably be treated as someone in top 5-10% of local law school. If you have good grades, they will be skeptical that you really want to come back to that market instead of going NYC/DC.
California without ties is more difficult in some places (OC, SD) than others (LA/SF). But regardless, unless you have LR grades, you'll need a good, convincing reason that you want to be in California (but this is true with most markets anyways).