« on: September 11, 2010, 06:45:42 PM »
I'm going to have to disagree a little bit on this 47th, 96th, whatever, take the money at a T4 thing. Maybe my view is skewed because the "low" T1 I go to is in a state that has no higher T1. I started at a T4 and transferred to a T1, and have experienced a huge difference in job prospects. For example, OCI in general. My T1 had well...no real OCI, where as my T1 has had a lot of larger firms sign up for OCI this year. Beyond OCI generally, in talking to associates from these larger firms, I have learned just how much graduating from my T4 would have hurt my job prospects. Many of these firms seem like they would have thrown my application in the trash after just seeing the name of my T4 had I graduated from it, even though I was at the top. They had no problem saying that they only interviewed at my T1 because it was the best in the state and it either had the best students off the bat or scooped them up through the transfer process. (I was shocked by this viewpoint by the way. FSU isn't exactly a bad school in my opinion.) Other large firms went to my school and maybe a couple others in the state, but absolutely not my T4 or any of the others in this state. So I guess my point is that you can't expect to have a job handed to you without trying, but many jobs are available for students at T1s that are not open to T4s, or even T2/3. And at my "low" T1, if you can't find a job straight out because of the economy, the school may help find a judicial clerk position for you and fund it. The school did that for the 30 people last year who couldn't find work in the 2009 nightmare situation (but the other 400 some graduate found work). (The school has agreed to keep doing this until the economy starts getting better.) My T4 didn't do anything like that and many of those graduates were simply SOL.