I currently work @ Jones Day, which is the definition of big corporate law. We handle M & A, Toxic Tort, Securities, you name it. The firm is very big, and we hire tons of attorneys each year. This year, all of our associates were hired from; Georgetown, UCLA, USC, NYU, Chicago. Get the picture?
FWIW - Hofstra 2L here, not top 10%, but on LR. I managed to secure a BigLaw summer associate position for 2007 in NYC (4 offers, actually). Didn't have to pull any strings to get it either. I am sure it's because I interview well, and I have a magnificent resume. I suppose the 10 years of work experience didn't hurt.Kick butt with your grades, make your resume interesting and powerful, get on Law Review, and above all, be more than some legal drone (i.e. have a personality - people hire people they like.) It's doable, but if you can't be top 10%, you have to differentiate yourself another way.