Von Schlieffen wrote: I want to pursue legal academia. It's pretty hard to so outside of the T14, though certainly possible. If I don't get into any of the schools I applied to, I will reapply with a broader net next year.
Hmmm. On second though, perhaps I should apply to some last minute safeties.
I'm also interested in legal academia and I've chatted with a number of law professors in the field that interests me. I've been told that unless you'd be happy in another area of law you absolutely should not attend a school outside of the "top 14." Indeed, it's preferable to attend HYS (with Columbia, Chicago, Michigan, Berkeley, and NYU decent alternative choices). Legal academic hiring, much more than other academic hiring, is largely about where you went to school.
If your heart is really set on academia it might make sense to take a 1 year masters program in a related field (taught masters programs in the UK at Cambridge, Oxford, or UCL are relatively affordable, fun as heck, and you could still apply/get into a decent one this late) or to do some research/publishing in the upcoming year. That sort of experience will likely make your next round of applications more successful, will better position you on the academic job market, and will give you data that you can use to publish review articles as a law student.