Yes. Besides, the only way you would get a biglaw job would be to be in the top 5-10% of the class- which means you will stand out with magna cum laude and law review on your resume.
The only way? I know tier 3 grad with median or below median grade who got into biglaw.
The bottom line is if you are bottom 30% in Appalachian School of Law, it does not mean u r not getting 160k job (while your chances of getting it might be <1%..), but if you are top 30% at William and Mary, there is probably a 95% chance you will get a big law job (if u r seeeking it) and thats the main bottom line.
Guys, thanks for bringing me down, it is important when you are about to drop 120k to be a public defender for 45k a year after graduation. Not to be cocky, but I have 7 years of accounting experience and CPA license. I own a small consulting business, rented real estate and have a wife that makes 6 figures. Moreover, I am in-state and got a decent scholarship. With these I will be graduating in 2013 from Top 30 with under 10k in debt, if that. I will not be crawling over other people for jobs, just standing aside and laughing at people who are. For me JD is not the only way out like it is for all of the philosophy, history and politcal science majors (most of whom are very smart and capable, just cant find a job), but an extra gem in my crown. So I just wanted to emphasize that I am not an average poor sap, but a smooth guy with 2-3 aces in his sleeve, and these aces are the main reason I am so optimistic.