« on: June 18, 2014, 10:02:33 AM »
I Could see that being a factor, but nationwide is still accurate. A grad from school1 likely will try to work in State2-50
True, and a graduate of Harvard for example, can work in all 50 states because well, it's Harvard. The degree is instantly recognizable as badass no matter where you go. In that case national reputation matters.
Where law students fail is in their misunderstanding of what the national reputation means.
Using the Montana example again, let's say you have a student who is from Montana, qualifies for cheap in-state tuition, and plans to return after law school. That student might be tempted to attend #79 University of San Diego, or #72 New Mexico because they're both ranked higher than #121 Montana.
The student is convinced that they're getting a "better" education at the higher ranked school, and doesn't understand that they have about the same national reputation.