This crap cracks me up. It seems the overwhelming attitude is that if you don't go to tXYZ school, you might as well make contacts at the public defender's office in your region. People, think about how much effort and preparation you put into law school application, LSAT prep, UG grades, etc., in order to get to the school of your choice. Imagine the amount of hard work you're going to have to employ to do well in school. Now, don't think for a second that you will lose that drive upon graduation. Regardless of what field of law or work, for that matter, you enter, you will still have to do the things necessary to help ensure you attain your goal. It's (according to the Gospel that is LSD input) going to be a little easier to get a biglaw job coming from a top school and your school's name will be better known wherever you go, but people hire PEOPLE, not degree-granting institutions. MCB's right--you just have to put in the legwork, and you've been doing that your entire life.