I didn't want to continue crudding up another thread with this OT discussion... so lets see if it can stand on it's own:
Wake is probably one of the only non T-30's that's really underrated. It's inexpensive too.
I'm curious: to what other non T-30s would you give that distinction?
Hmm. Probably only Fordham, but I can see merit in arguments for UC Hastings since it used to be ranked in the top 20 in the early/mid 1990's.
Also if you look at LSAT 25-75 ranges for the top 30-50, Fordham has the highest with 164-167, Wake has the second highest 162-166, BYU comes in third at 161-166, Hastings ties with several at 160-164 (and beats out Davis at 158-164). BYU has the highest 25th GPA in this group at 3.52, followed by Fordham at 3.37.
So definitely Fordham. But Fordham is pretty expensive and cost of living is tremendous in New York City. If you don't have a desire to practice there, and like warm weather, and can't get into the top 20, I think Wake Forest definitely competes with Emory, William and Mary, and UNC. Hell, it has a higher LSAT range than those three.
Hey, I like Wake, but I don't think it is competitive with those other schools in BIGLAW placements. In fact, I don't know if Wake really places that many people outside of NC.
Anyone got any stats on this?