So are you guys saying that at a non-top school, it would be harder to get a job in corporate law as compared to private practice? Oh and it's not a stupid question b10bwn. I meant to find out which schools have better connections to careers in corporate law as opposed to just preparing you for private practice. But it is kind of stupid to make a post just to say somebody's question is stupid.
I like pointing out stupidity, although since you have clarified yourself here, I retract my comment. Still, its safe to say that the answer to your question is pretty obvious if you are one to believe USN&WR rankings. I'm of the belief that where you want to practice is just as important in deciding where to go to school. Face it, everyone can't get into Yale, and once you get past the top schools, its all about where you want to practice. I don't think any school prepares you more for corporate or private practice. After your first year, you tailor the classes around what you are interested in. Pick a school that is right for you, and if it is not a top school, pick one that has a good rep where you want to be. If you want to do biglaw in NYC, don't expect to get there by going to St. Mary's. It's probably not going to happen, but you will probably be able to get a good job in San Antonio, and further away like Dallas and Houston if you do well.
Well, if some graduates of St. Mary's had listened to part of the comment above they wouldn't be partners at Akin Gump in New York (the definition of BIGLAW) and at Verizon Communications (also in New York) and many other firms in New York. Furthermore, I guess there were some people that would have said don't expect to get nominated to be on the U.S. Supreme Court if you go to SMU law school.