harvey2L wrote:top 5% + Law review at TTT like Drake/Albany/Mercer/NYLS
top top 1/2 at somewhere like GULC/Duke/Cornell
Top 1/2 at GULC/Duke/Cornell still has a solid, if not quite decent, shot at biglaw ITE. Especially top 1/3.
Anecdotally, I have a friend who is a 2L in the top 7-5% and on Law Review at a T1 who couldn't land a biglaw offer in the in the main legal market of his school (and there are no other law schools that are ranked as high in the same state or that place into this market with any regularity - it's not a primary market). He is also one of the most down to earth, easy to talk to, and level-headed kids I've ever met. And apparently a good percentage of other LR members faced the same issue. Keep in mind, this is still at a T1 school.
Granted that's a somewhat limited sample, there is still not even a doubt in my mind as to what the correct answer to this question is when it comes to how law schools are perceived in relation to each other. Yes, this is an example limited to biglaw, but it does correlate to the overall view of hiring prestige among different schools.