large firms recruit at a few dozen schools but go deeper into the class at higher ranked schools. For example if you are at yale and have a pulse you get a big firm job. but have to be in the top 1/3 at a decent school like fordham to get a big firm job. However the overwhelming majority of bottom 1/3 at good schools like michigan,virginia, penn have tough time getting large firm jobs (large firm= 125k and above). It is actually harder to get a big firm job from cornell (top 14) than UCLA (ranked 15th). Firms dip lower into the UCLA pool, but the bottom 1/3 at ucla, and boalt, also have trouble. Below is a list of schools and how far firms dip into their classes1. yale (if you have a pulse you are in, no matter where in the class you rank) note yale is the only school good enough to not have to differentiate between its students (harvard is too large and the caliber of student body does vary greatly, so grades are much more important at a place like harvard than reaching honors is at yale)2. harvard, stanford, columbia (only the weirdos can't get a big firm gig, and even most of them are deemed eccentric instead of psycho) only bottom 10% have any trouble.3. chicago (just a notch below 2)4. nyu (bottom 1/3 actually has trouble, more trouble than their columbia or chicago counterparts)5. virgina, michigan, penn (bottom 1/3 who are not minorities are usually out of luck, and if you are bottom 1/2 and not mr./mrs. personality you will have trouble.6. northwestern, duke, ucla, georgetown (similar to 5, but students are in ever so slightly worse shape) bottom 1/3 almost never get a big firm job and bottom 1/2 have real trouble. top 50% are set.7. cornell and boalt (bottom 50% almost never get big firm jobs). firms really do not like the bottom 1/2 at berkley because boalt uses unconventional criteria to select student body (LSAT not that important) for boalt the top 50% actually do as well as the schools in group 5, and better than the schools in group six, but the bottom 50 do significantly worse. cornell students in top 50% do really well in the ny market (but terribly nationally), bottom 50% almost always out of luck.8. texas, bu, bc, gw, w&l, fordham, vandy, usc, hastings (only top 1/3 get big firm gigs)9. schools like umn, uwash, washu are generally not on the radar screen of big firms and students at these schools have to do a lot of leg work to get major market attention.10. if you go to any other school you will have great difficulty getting a big firm job, unless you are top 5%-10% of your class at a law school in a BIG MARKET (cardozo, brooklyn, loyola-la, etc.)hope this helps
I wonder what the 'a little more' is, with respect to howard, especially.
question- how "actively" do they recruit from those at a T20 outside of the T14? i've generally got word at my school that, because we're not T14 and only T20, only 1/3 of our class has a chance at "biglaw".