Uh, not exactly. Read what I read. I didn't have bad luck because it's hard for a Boalt grad to get a job in Florida, I had bad luck because EVERYONE, including Florida students, have bad luck getting jobs in Florida. And, I thoroughly explained why Florida was different than basically every other market nationally. Your analogy doesn't work. Sorry.
I read what you wrote, I just disagree. Why is your input worth more than numerous lawyers who work in FL and current students at Florida schools who have differing views than you? If you're referring only to BigLaw, then perhaps. However, not once prior to your post did anyone mention BigLaw, so it's irrelevant.
I don't disagree with the fact that some USD grads may get jobs in primary markets. For the most part, however, I do believe that jobs are almost handed to T14 grads. You have to be a social retard not to get a job in a primary market with a T14 degree. It's somewhat more challenging in a seconday market if you have no previous ties to the place, but that limitation is virtually erased for any T14 grad that is from the secondary market in question, even if he chose to go to law school elsewhere.
Well, I did not mean to (nor do I think I did) imply USD grads had equal national opportunity as T14 grads. I was merely showing that AZ did not say you could not get jobs in other regions from schools other than HY.
Boalt doesn't rank. Not that it would change much for my professional prospects if they did.
All students at any T14 have equal OCI opportunity? I ask seriously as I never looked into this knowing I wouldn't be going to one. I can believe it at HYS. I find it hard to believe the same would hold true as you move down the ladder. That does not mean it's impossible, as I do not know for sure.
Yes, they get jobs, but it's hard to break into BIGLAW.
I'll stop you right there since this was not, as far as I know, a BigLaw discussion. Perhaps I misunderstood the debate at hand.
That is, if you read carefully, what I stated in my post above. Few large firms, few summer associate positions. There is tons of small law in Miami and a good number of grads go to do government work. It's not as easy as you think to get a job there, even if you are top 5-10% at Miami. I have a good friend who goes there, is a 3L was in the top 5-10% every year. While I managed to get a callback interview with Greenberg Traurig (the largest Miami firm) despite the fact that GT did not interview for the Miami office at our OCI, he was politely dinged after his screening interview. He struggled for the rest of his law school career, trying to break into BIGLAW and never managed to do it. I'm not saying he's representative, but to my knowledge, he's a nice guy, well socialized and doesn't have any outright undesireable characteristics. It's not quite handed to you there either, even if you go to school there. But, like I said above...I am not trying to compare Florida to SD because they are inherently different markets.
I'm certainly not going to try and explain your friend's misfortunes. All I can say is UMiami is a school I heavily considered and had heard different experiences about the top students there.
Law school recruitment is a lot like selling a car. Yeah the used car salesman is gonna tell you that a certified car from his lot is just as good as that brand new BMW at the dealership across the street. And, I suppose in some situations you might get lucky and your certified pre-owned car might outlast the BMW, but it's ridiculous to assume that this happens regularly.
The people who are telling you that a regional school is just as good or better, like the car salesman, obviously have some stake in you choosing their product. It's always nice to brag about taking the best and brightest away from a higher ranked school. Hell, Boalt publishes in its alumni magazine every summer how many poor souls picked us over Yale. Do I think Boalt is a great school? Yeah, of course. Do I think those people were insane to turn down Yale to go there? Abso-f-in-lutely.
Agreed about the used car salesman thing. That said, not one of my sources I refer to are "recruiters". They are friends, acquaintances, or current students with no alterior motives. As with everything in this world, everyone has their experiences to base their opinions on, and they can greatly differ depending on who you are and who you know.