I am not sure if this also plays a big role but GWU has a top IP program. So (correct me if I am wrong here) alot of students placing in these positions are probably from said program. I do not think I am too far off as Santa Clara University is also on the list and I am quite certain the only students who get big law from there are IP ones.[/quote]
I work at a top Valley law firm. We do take some non-IP folks from Santa Clara, but it's a rarity. Our peers do too. Again, must be better than top 15% (even 20 or 25% will get you to midlaw if you're looking at corporate from Santa Clara). Just FYI--I've been bouncing around the Valley for 5+ years, so I don't think I'm mistaken on that (and have friends who have graduated within the past 1-4 years from Santa Clara too).[/quote]
I'm really wondering what makes people decide to attend Santa Clara, unless they get a full ride (and even then I'm unsure)[/quote]
I have been strongly advised by people in my office, and others, that I should "aim higher" than SCU. I actually have found the Santa Clara grads I've worked with to be quite competent attorneys, and always very nice people, but even they stress that they are the exceptions, rather than the rule, from their school. I also have a close friend who attended there who has failed the bar FOUR TIMES and is now pursuing a non-legal career. It's CA, so it's tough and all, but at that point, I question what exactly she learned for $225K (yes, she's in for that much). Another friend's husband went there as they are tied to the area and he's a non-trad--he got ONE bad grade his 1L year, dropped out of the top 20% and had a heckuva time with OCI. It's a rough, expensive place to get a degree, if biglaw is your goal. If you want to work in Tech Trans or in-house, I think it's a fine choice. The Valley is dripping with opportunity for law grads.
And now, back to a school that I like much better....WUSL!!!