« on: March 19, 2004, 10:20:17 PM »
I'm deciding whether to go to a top 15 or a top 30 school (both are in the region where I'd like to work; money and personal issues are causing me to consider the top 30 school). One reason many people think I should go to the higher-ranked school is so that I have a better chance of getting into a top law firm.
My questions: What does that mean, in practical terms? Is it just more prestige? More money? How much more? Better working conditions? More interesting work? What's less desirable about the non-top law firms? Will I be unable to get a decent firm job at all if I go to a lesser school? What's the difference between "Big Law" and Not-Big-Law?
Also, I know reduced geographic mobility coming out of the lower-ranked school is an issue, but are we talking, "can't get a prestigious job outside the region" or "can't get any decent job outside the region"?
I know there are other good reasons to go to the "better" school--clerkships, contacts, etc.--but the "top firm" argument is the one that I need clarified.
Thanks for any help.