« on: February 26, 2009, 10:41:44 PM »
Most of my friends/acquaintances here are actually doing government work and I've gotten the impression that getting those positions, so long as you have the right kind of resume and have a genuine interest, isn't frighteningly difficult. Academia is just as competitive here as it is at the other mid to lower T14's.
With respect to getting a biglaw job in a major market, I do have one friend this year who is having some problems. Everyone else I know (with wide ranging grades) got V100 with ease and several of them went to DC. Using Vault as a ranking scheme is problematic, but I'm just doing it for ease. In short, big firm work didn't seem to be a problem.
I'm happy with my grades and my Journal involvement and have been told that I definitely have a good shot at clerkships. I have a few 3L friends who have similar high grades and/or are up there on Journals and they don't seem to be having problems tapping into some amazing opportunities.
Michigan isn't Harvard or anything, but out of that list, I think you'll have similar opportunities at Michigan. Out of the schools you listed, the only real standout for your goals would be Chicago for its clerkships/academia potential. Even then, becoming a professor is tough out of most schools and, if you were deferred with a good scholarship offer, I don't know if it'd be worth turning it down to try again with Chicago and the others you listed.