« on: April 02, 2008, 02:18:14 PM »
"even if you decide you want to go corporate you can still get a firm job if you graduate with decent grades."
This is simply not true unless by "decent" grades you mean top 10% and law review. American is only the third best law school in DC, which doesn't even take into account that DC attracts students from all the top law schools. Please do not perpetuate incorrect information.
"Rutgers is also a good school but my understanding is that it's limited to the New Jersey market."
This is also incorrect. Many V100 firms interview at Rutgers. Check NALP.
To OP: I have many friends who are at or went to American. Most liked it, although employment prospects can be rough. However, if you want to do PI, this might not be as relevant to you.
As for Rutgers, although it is regional, its region includes NYC, which would provide many employment opportunities assuming you perform well. Furthermore, American is also regional. If you go there your market will be DC, VA and MD. Hence, only go to American if you want to stay in that region. If you want to practice in NY/NJ, Rutgers is the clear choice.
Good luck with you decision.