It might appear on the surface that the Rutgers degree does not travel very well. But I think in reality, the graduates are not interested in traveling outside of the NYC, NJ,Philly, DC area. If you are in close proximity to some of the largest legal markets, why try to transport your degree cross coast to the Midwest or the west coast? I think the locality of Rutgers graduates may be a reflection of personal choice and not a reflection of a lack of name recognition.
I had, of course, thought about that, too, and further thought that the dispersion of Miami grads across the country might have more to do with large classes of graduates being pumped out of Miami and a soft/saturated local legal market not being able to handle all of the grads from the University of Miami than with a Miami degree travelling better. After all, people need to work! All these suppositions, however, may not be vaild at all, and so I come in search of the truth. Does anyone know how well these degrees will travel?
And I know that there are some wonderful legal markets in the North-east, but having grown up in a snowy wasteland, I would like to take my J.D. somewhere sunny, warm, safe and prosperous!
Many thanks for your reply, though! As noted, I had thought something similar, but would like to know how a J.D. from Rutgers is actually received outside of the North-east (as opposed to reasons why Rutgers grads are not well-represented on the West Coast, for example). Please excuse me if this sounds "chippy"; that's not my intention at all. The Internet is a lousy means of communicating subtlety, nuance, etc.
Anecdotal evidence seemed to indicate that Miami grads end up working in better firms in large markets far removed from Miami. This may have more to do with the fact that Rutgers grads, to the extent that they want to work in fancy firms, stay in their own backyard, though.
All the best,