Like I said, I can't say I have personal experience with the SD market, but there are plenty of Boalties who are from the area, none of whom had trouble getting summer positions (even as 1L's) at top SD firms. I am not particularly concerned about the 4 SD firms that don't show up to Boalt OCI. There is a whole variety of reasons why that may be and among them are that there was no demonstrated interest in those firms by Boalt students, that the limited space at Bancroft hotel (the interview site) caused our CDO to prioritize NYC or SF firms, that they were asked not to return, that they were not invited in the first place. I am not suggesting that any of these are the real reason, but as a law student, you are trained to be cautious about claiming causation (as in 4 SD firms don't come to Boalt because they prefer USD students) when there are plenty of other viable explanations (not limited to the ones offered above).
Well, I take issue with your post because you responded as though everyone who was disagreeing with goose actually agreed 100% with each other. I'm not sure that's the case. While I'm not in law school yet, I do believe many of the T14s to be national schools. That said, sno did specifically say "regional to some extent". And I think you even proved his point with your lack of luck landing a job in FL.
Also, AZWildcat specifically stated that USD grads can get jobs out of USD, citing a friend of his landing a job with Latham in NYC, as an example. Obviously then, I don't think the point was that you can't get jobs in other regions if you go to any school outside the top two. It was merely that you may not have it handed to you to the degree that you would if you went to school in your desired region to practice.
The rest of your post is all nice, but I'm not sure anyone disagreed with the majority of it. Furthermore, out of curiosity, where in your class are you ranked?
I will chime in on the above though since it was I who brought that part of the dicussion to the table.
Nowhere did I say why
those 4 firms don't interview at Boalt. It may very well be because if they did, no Boalt grads would be interested. However, the issue was just how much better the job opportunities for a Boalt grad were as compared to a USD grad, in SD. I was merely pointing out that more firms OCI at USD than Boalt. Why? I don't care, really. The reasons don't add any value to my claim, which was simply that as far as SD firms that hire, more OCI at USD. Over 90% of Miami grads end up with jobs, and the majority work in FL, despite it being such a "tough market" to crack. I would bet this is a result of going to school in that market.
Of course, I'm a misinformed 0L, so I could very well be wrong. And I don't say this mockingly. However, if so, I've been led astray by many.