Ok.. I am having a hard time figuring something out. The top 14 schools are the national schools, meaning you can get a job anywhere in the country. Beyond, that schools seem to get more regional as you get lower in the rankings. For example, UCLA and USC have major clout in Los Angeles and in California, good clout in the surrounding states' legal markets (Las Vegas, Phoenix, etc...) but lesser out in the East Coast. If you go to the bottom of the spectrum, few people outside of San Diego would give Thomas Jefferson students much of a look. Now within this spectrum I have some questions.
How regional are some of these "regional" tier-2 or tier-3 schools? I've applied to a bunch of California schools and some in neighboring states- Santa Clara, USF, San Diego, Loyola, UNLV, Arizona State. these guys are all tier 2 schools. Using a school like USD as an example, it seems to have very good clout within San Diego, but how would schools like this fare even in their own states? For example, would I have a decent shot as a USD grad or a Santa Clara grad anywhere in California, or would San Diego mostly limit me to San Diego, and Santa Clara mostly limit me to the Bay Area?
I've applied to these schools because I would like to stay in the region- I wouldn't mind practicing in California, Las Vegas, or Arizona. But because these are 2nd tier schools, am I limited even further to only being able to practice in the CITY these schools are located in?
Any insight would be appreciated, thank you!