Quote from: cassise on March 18, 2006, 07:18:31 PMI would argue that because of its huge base of super-loyal alumni Notre Dame is the most "national" school on that list.I should think Vanderbilt would be the most national school on that list.FWIW, I suspect the whole "snob" reputation the school has is a product of the undergraduate college rather than the law school.
I would argue that because of its huge base of super-loyal alumni Notre Dame is the most "national" school on that list.
While it's true that Notre Dame's alumni base may be a little more spread out (lower precentage stays in-state, higher percentages in Pacific, New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions), in terms of firm placement, Vandy wins. The Ciolli study on big-firm (Vault 100 or comparable) placement has Vandy 12th nationally, ahead of Duke, Cornell, and Georgetown. Notre Dame is 20th, trailing those three as well as Texas, Bu, BC, and GW. The difference in score between the two was the same as the difference between Notre Dame and Ohio State. The study measured both the average quality (rank) of the firms and the depth of placemnt (how deep into the class top firms were willing to go). It seems that these results would be more important considerations than merely the distribution of alumni nationally, unless you were hoping to go to a particular region and you want to assure familarity with your school.