martorem wrote: tmon wrote: martorem wrote:
Where are you hearing this? They put 30% in the NLJ 250, compared to 19% at WUSTL. Also, as someone working at one of those firms in Boston, the majority of our new hires and younger associates come from BC, BU, Northeastern, Suffolk, and UNH (IP only). Granted, that's purely anecdotal, but to say that BU students don't have ties in Boston is absurd. Also:http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... slreturn=1
I think the point was not that BU/BC students get hired in Boston. That's obvious. From what I've read Boston seems like an insular market where people who have ties to the area from before
law school are at an advantage.
cch, If you have ties to TX or the south and would be happy working there I think Texas is a really solid choice. The markets that they place into seem to be doing much better than Chicago/the Midwest and Boston. Unless you're looking to absolutely minimize your debt because you want to do public interest, TX or GTown are probably your best bets.
Just out of curiosity...why would a tie from before law school be an advantage? The most ties people will have to an area are maybe undergrad, a few years max of work experience, and family...I don't understand how any of that helps. Unless you landed a sick job out of college for a big firm you're pretty much at the same point as everyone else who has a year or two of legal work experience. And just because you have family or an undergrad in that location doesn't mean you'll get a job or help your case... If the argument is will the BC or BU name carry much further outside of Boston or maybe NYC, no definitely not. But if you have nothing in Boston and come to law school here and do well, I would assume you have as much of a shot at getting a job as anyone else who went to law school here and also did well.
Full disclosure, I'm an 0L, so there's probably some "blind leading the blind" factor here. Feel free to correct me, actual law students.
From what I understand many firms view people without ties as flight risks. If you've got a family in an area or a long history of living there then you've got a reason to be there and they don't think you're going to leave the moment you can get hired in your preferred market. It's cost and labor intensive for firms to hire fresh law school grads, so they want to hang on to them for a while at least. The fact is, a lot of markets (STL and Boston included, from what I've read) are insular and like to hire people they view as their own. This seems to be common, in secondary markets, though not necessarily in all, nor necessarily something you can't overcome. Yeah, placing into the top 10% at a T14 can overcome this problem, but you can't expect to be in the top 10% no matter how hard you work because you've never taken a law school exam.