It is going to be harder for you to find a job unless you are at the top of your class.My mentor owns used to work for Jones Day before he went to work for several other Plaintiff firms in ATL. He graduated from U of D, however he also had top grades, so he was able to get a Federal Clerkship. That Clerkship was an equalizeer when it came down to him applying to jobs.Going to a Tier 4 is harder than a Tier 1, because the Tier 4 will actually flunk out a good portion of their students.Save yourself the stress and try to shoot for at least a T-2 school.
Who you know almost always beats where you go...
It depends on what you ultimately see yourself doing with a legal degree. If you're aiming for government work or biglaw, it might be worth reevaluating your desire to go to law school. If you want to open your own practice, it might be worth it to go tier 4. A job is never guarenteed (outside of T14), so it's good that you're asking these questions now before you've spent three years of your life and $150,000. I'm sure others will have better insight into this decision-making process, but that's my $.02. Good luck.
Because itís hard. Simple as that. It takes time, effort, and putting yourself out in front of strangers, all things more difficult than mass mailing or signing up for OCI. Do this from day one and your odds of finding a ďgood jobĒ from a T4 school increase immensely, do not do this and your odds are very against you. If you canít get into a better school than only go to a T4 school if YOU ARE WILLING to put forth the effort to find yourself a good job rather than relying on the school to do it for you. Who you know beats where you go, but only if you actually take the time to get to know the right people. Most T4 students (or all law students) donít. Most have poor success finding jobs. Most blame their school, not themselves. Most are wrong about whose fault it really is. Good luck.
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