Cornell:Most-Represented Legal Markets: New York City - 54% South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA) - 10% New England (MA, ME, NH, CT, RI, VT) - 8%West Coast - 6% Median Starting Salaries: Private Sector $125,000 Public Sector $46,000Vandy:http://law.vanderbilt.edu/career/empstat.htmlThere is a chart on this page that details where most Vandy students go to work. On the about vandy page, it says the average size of the class is 190 students. I cannot offer an explanation for why, but the number of students in DC has been on the decline since 2002. The Vandy webpage has multiple salary ranges, which are dependent on region.
If you don't want to work in the South, go to Cornell. (That's not to imply that a Vandy grad can't get a job outside of the South, it's just much more difficult than for a Cornell grad.)
In GTO's study, wasn't Vandy's overall placement better than Cornell's?