Big Shrimpin wrote:See, I don't necessarily think that rankings and employment prospects are mutually exclusive. That said, GW, in part due to its location and patent network, will likely afford you substantially more opportunities than SD. Certainly, if you have a connection that will guarantee you employment whether you go to SD or GW, choose SD if that floats your boat. OTOH, assuming that's not the case, it behooves you to consider what kinds of opportunities you're going to face when you finish 1L. Hopefully, you won't have done poorly. But if you do, you're going to have a significantly more difficult time attaining gainful employment from SD than GW. Moreover, as I intimated earlier, if you're a decent interviewer, being near-median at GW with great IP experience really isn't as scary as being similarly situated but without that experience. I strongly doubt the same could be said for SD, but as I have no personal experience, I digress.
I also mentioned before the sheer number of employers at GWs OCI that, on the symplicity listing, seek ONLY applicants with patent/hard science/etc. backgrounds. That cuts the pool to, and this is a guess so don't quote me, probably like 35% of the students in each class (e.g. your competitive cohort). Thus, when you boil it down, you should really get a good number of screening interviews. Then, it's on you, and your personality, to get you to the callback round, offer, etc.
Good luck with your decision, but don't let anyone else make it for you. Do your own research, call both schools, ask questions about OCI, etc. Presumably, you're an adult, so do your diligence and make an informed decision.
edit: I'm actually not sure to whom this is directed, but it addresses situations similar to that which the OP faces. Now back to bar study...
...being outside the top 10% at USD for OCI is a death sentence.... a lot of firms will not even look at you because of the name of the university on your resume