The reality is that for OCI, if you look at your school's bid page where you pick the particular firm, you will see a hiring contact. That is almost always a woman, and it is her job to do initial screenings. Flat out, the hiring attorney will tell her "ok, take students from this rank set of law schools with GPA's in this range." If your gpa is nowhere near what they ask for, then they aren't going to give you an interview.Additionally, outside of the top law schools, OCI definitely isn't the way that most students land fruitful employment. Be ready to mail merge and send out masses of resumes via direct mail.
If you aren't at a top school (i.e. 1-10) or don't have top 1/3 grades or so, you are going to struggle in OCI. The ratio means nothing. We have over 400 employers up for OCI, however, when you are in a competitive legal market, that doesn't mean the job offers are just going to pop out.OCI employers aren't required to take any students from a particular school if they don't choose to. They simply agree to participate in OCI.
Wait, are my to understand that you think you have more job options at a low Tier 1 school than does someone at a top 25 school?That is just flat out ridiculous.Hate to burst your bubble, but at a 48 ranked school, with a median gpa, you won't be scoring a bigfirm job. That's reality.