« on: June 26, 2008, 08:52:25 PM »
I think this may be time to just discuss some practical aspects to this.
If your concern is simply to end up in DC at a law job, then GW will provide you with more resources to get there. I don't think that DC firms look at GW grads any better than UT ones at all (I suspect the reverse is actually true but can't prove it), but there is a practical aspect to getting a job that isn't just about how a school is looked at.
Career center resources, OCI, contacts, etc. matter. They don't matter because a hiring partner is going to give you a leg up on your competitors, but they matter in getting you that first step. Trying to sift through firms after your 1L year is a dizzying task. There are so many firms out there that seem so similar on paper.
My point in all this is that I don't think there is a real difference in the degrees power at GW in the DC market. What I do think there is is a practical advantage for the average student.
All of this is doubly true if you're looking for non-traditional jobs (i.e. not biglaw) either because that's not what you want to do or because you didn't make good enough grades (and this can happen at either institution). I think if you want to end up in DC at all costs and you end up in the bottom quarter of your class, you're going to want to have more access to resources and alumni in the area.
I hope this post makes sense. It's perhaps colored by my current position looking at which firms to bid for OCI (deadline in three weeks), but I think it's true. I'm considering going back to Texas for summer next year, and most of what I do is use USC's resources. If I were set on going back to Texas no matter what (I'm not. I'd take a better job in LA if I had it), then I'd wish I were at UT to use their far wider Texas resources.