JayJones78 wrote:hob12 wrote:JayJones78 wrote:
How hard would you it is to be in the top 15% ?
Well first just to clarify, just because your are top of the class does not mean that you are guaranteed big law (if you have no interviewing skills its not going to happen) or that if you are not top of the class that you have no shot, it can happen, especially if you are good at networking.
There is really no way to answer your question. Anywhere you go it will be hard to make top grades, sometimes it comes down to luck. Obviously working really hard to master the material is your best bet. Never assume you will be at the top of your class. Everyone should go into law school with the assumption you will be somewhere in the middle, no matter how smart you think you are.
Thank you. Do you think the fact you're in NYC gives you more networking abilities than those who go to remote schools? (Even t14s)? Do lawyers in the city even care about 1/2Ls?
Anyone at a t14 is going to be in a better place than someone who is not. That said, I turned down higher ranked schools (20's and 30's) because of Cardozo's location. We the City Bar Association building is walking distance and we have firms coming to OCI and prestigious speakers coming to the school all the time in part because of our proximity to their offices. Also we tend to get lumped into NYU networking events since their law school is only a few blocks away. I generally don't have time to go to all the networking events we get emails about, if that gives you a better idea.