So, serious thought of the day... is it a waste of a T14 education to aspire to be a "small-town" (okay, small city) property lawyer? To want to hang out a shingle post-bar?
I think it depends on why you went to that school. If you did it because your primary motivator a big law job, maybe it was a bit of a waste. But if you went for other reasons too, I think it starts to become less of a waste. If you have a good experience and gain the knowledge, insight, or whatever else it was that you hoped to get out of the school, it isn't a waste.
PS- my friend was supposed to start at her firm in January. Yesterday they called to tell her she was starting in October. I thought some people might enjoy that bit of happy legal market news