there is no "bottom of the class" at boalt. so you're right, you can't say the same about boalt.
i need ruskie to back me up on this, but i think employers see your transcript. the grades are high honors, honors, and pass. 10% HH, 30% H, and 60% P. there's also a barely pass, and of course fail, but i think those are rare. a 40% chance of getting H or HH is pretty good. seems worth the effort to try to be in the top 40% in each course so you can fill your transcript with H's. that's gotta look good to an employer, even if they don't know your rank based on that.btw, i didn't look to verify your stat of 25th percentile of private practice being $70K.