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I was wondering if anyone has already been there or knows people who have that looked for a job coming out of a Tier 1 or 2 law school, but closer to the 50-80 ranks as opposed to 1-25?

My applications are almost complete.  I'm applying to a number of New York City area schools, such as Fordham, Cardozo, St. John's, Brooklyn, Seton Hall, Rutger's and maybe one or two others.  Only one of those is ranked under 50, Fordham at 32.  The others are between 50-80.  Unfortunately, my LSAT score, 160, might keep me out of my #1 and #2 choices, Fordham and Cardozo.  Even of those two, it seems only Fordham has a really great name.  I had a 3.5 undergrad GPA in Computer Science and almost 2 years of work experience, so the major limiting factor was my LSAT score, which unfortunately weighs all to heavily in this case. 

Should I not be accepted into Fordham or Cardozo, I'm trying to decide if it's worth even accepting an offer, should I receive one, from any of the other 4 or 5 schools.  I'm worried that coming out of one of these outside NYC, lower ranked schools, upon graduation, I'm going to find myself in over $200k debt with trouble finding a good job or one paying me more than what I'd already be making in my current field.  It's not all about salary to me, but I certainly would consider taking the LSATs again and maybe even finding a job at a law firm in the meantime and waiting an extra year in hopes of making it into Fordham's 2008 class if it would really pay off in the long run.  Of course, getting accepted in 2008 is not a guarantee either.

Can schools outside the top 50 land people great jobs?  Is it the norm or a rarity?

What to do, what to do?  Any thoughts?

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