BJS wrote:I really want Duke, but higher than 172 would let me gun for CCN and UVA. The problem is that I'm from the South, like the South (excluding its politics), and want to stay in the South longterm absent a compelling opportunity elsewhere. CCN don't fit that nearly as well as Duke and, to a lesser extent, UVA do. I'll apply to H, but don't really expect to attend because of COA.
have u ever lived anywhere but the south in this case talking mainly NYC since thats where 2/3rds of CCN are located
Nope! Born in one state of the Deep South and have lived in another for 22 years. The problem, of course, is that the vast majority of (and easiest to get) BigLaw jobs are in NYC, so every T14 sends a chunk of grads there. Southern BigLaw just isn't that big and is (apparently) very hard to break into. Inevitably, I can't exclude working outside of the South, so I am comfortable choosing between T14 schools based largely on COA/Employment rather than focusing on employment location.
I'm so jealous of everyone who doesn't have a license. I drive 2000+ business miles per month and I'm sick of driving.