FWIW, County Counsel is a very politically connected job, I guess that's obvious, but you will definetly make great contacts there, lots of judges were former county counsels.
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just wanted to let you know that i have visited both NYLS and pace and from my own personal experience, i enjoyed pace alot more. I found the students to be more upbeat and energenic and i found the environment to be more welcoming. Again this is my own opinion but i did enjoy pace. I dont believe that there is little demand for lawyers beyond T2 and laugh at this notion because that would conflict with the fact that 88.1% of the graduates from pace in 2006 got positions nine months after grad. I am deciding to a tier 1 two tier 2's and a tier 3 all with scholarships, some more then others and i can tell you that ranking and tier do sway my opinion a little but it all comes down to which shcool fits me better. I suggest you do the same and not let the "if you go to tier 3 or 4 your doomed" argument sway your decision!
Well... first of all, dont believe the law school stats, maybe 88.1% are employed after 9 months, but that certainly doens't mean that they all have decent law jobs. Second, if you're ignorant as to the terrible current state of the legal market, then you really should do more research before committing 3 years and 100k to go to law school. I guess you didn't hear that firms are DOWNSIZING right now and even cutting equity partners. in 2007, firms hired significantly less associates than in years past, plus, more and more lawyers come into the field every year. And finally, if you think that there is a demand for t3 and t4 law grads (that aren't at the top of their class) right now, especially in the NYC area, you have really bought into the law school propaganda, and you deserve to be ripped off.
It's warm and fuzzy to say "tier doesnt matter" and "go to where the students are the nicest" but in reality that's terrible advice, and unfortunately the level of school that you go to will absolutely determine what jobs are available to you. But hey... you guys are 0L's so you know everything.