« on: October 14, 2007, 08:38:29 PM »
Actually, BU graduating class of 02/03 was about 300 each, and class of 2004 was about 280-290. It was larger than it is now, but no where close to being twice the size. Barely 20% more, if that.
Having read a number of comments from BU students with decent grades but rather negative assessment of biglaw prospects, here's my 2 cents as a recent grad. Even in a much worse market a few years ago, and when BU's ranking was not as high as it currently is, being in the top 3rd of your class in terms of 1L grades is well sufficient to get you interviews not only at the top firms in Boston (from experience, Wilmer, Ropes, Goodwin) and NYC (Paul Weiss, Weil, Skadden), but also in CA (Cooley, Brobeck, Latham, Orrick) and elsewhere (Perkin, Sonneschein). Now, getting offers from those interviews depend very much on your personality. Grades are necessary to get one foot through the door (i.e., the first interview). Whether you can actually get in depends on how well you do at the interviews. People who get interviews but cannot score offers tend to blame the school and market competition, when they really should reassess their interview skills.
A law student (especially one still looking for a job) is in no way qualified to assess how law firms perceive the prestige of various law schools. A more credible opinion should come from the recruiting teams at those firms. One can also go to the firms' websites and search for the number of attys from the respective schools. Ask any lawyer involved in recruiting at the top 3 firms in Boston, and they will tell you that BU and BC carry the same weight reputation-wise. There are more BC alums at Wilmer, more BU alums at Goodwin, and roughly equal at Ropes. In NYC, there appears to be more BU alums at most of the top 25 firms.
Good luck deciding ...