Ok so 0Ls shouldnt be giving direct advice as to how easy or hard it will be to get to NYC. I only know of one person that wanted NYC that didnt get it... Quite the opposite, I know people who wanted another market and ended up in NYC because it was easier.... Unlike markets like Texas, Seattle, etc, NYC doent care AT ALL if you have connections there.
Top 20% at U of I will go further than top 20% at Cardozo, EVEN for NYC. It will be a gamble both ways, a big one. However, I think the only thing Cardozo will be better is for small/midsize in nyc as those jobs are mostly through connections which being in NYC will be a must to get.
If you are going to be top 5% at Cardozo, Great, I go for it. But the most likely scenario, that even if you work your tail off, you will end up outside of the top 20%, I much rather be top 20-30% at U of I and have a good shot at a big law in Chicago with a chance at NYC big than top 20% at Cardozo. Also, take into account that this is just for your FIRST job, the average associates doesnt stay in its firm for most than 2 years. You can always lateral within the same firm to a different office or just to a different firm.
Point is, if Big Law is your goal, easier to do big law UIUC--> chicago big law 2 years -> NYC Big law; than Cardozo-> Big Law.
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