Thanks for the input simon. I guess it makes me feel a little better. But Richmond, Virginia overall is not a holly-roller city as many people come to believe or perceive it to be. Agreed, there is a lot of bigots, inbreds and old money KKK legacy, but increasingly people from the NE are immigrating to Richmond for more job opportunities, milder climate, light traffic, higher real wages and reasonable cost of living.I went to a northern college and University of Richmond undergrad class is probably 80% students from CT, NY, PA and NJ. While in school most of these people fall in love with what Richmond has to offer and stay here for life. All our friends here are from the NE and they fn love it (maybe because locals dont wanna be friends with us at all, lol).Considering local reputation, I think you might be right that I should be looking out for what local people think is good. Interestingly, when I told our friends I was applying to UVA, W&M and University of Richmond, everyone thought that University of Richmond was the best. When I told them I was likely turning down UofR near full ride for W&M 25% scholarship they thought I was insane. When I told people that I got into W&M they also thought I was going there because I could not get into UofR. So even though local reputation might differ from USNWR, I want to find a good balance that would leverage both local reputation and national acclaim, since you never know what will happen years down the road and where one will end up.
You really think so? For regular people who graduated from Bumfack State with BS in BS a JD degree is like an MD degree. If they see a guy with JD applying for a job with a 4-year college degree requirement for them it will be like a famous neurosurgeon walking in and applying for a receptionist position. They will be confused and likely decide it is a joke a mistake or an act of desperation from on overqualified person who will likely scram at first opportunity. A lot of people from T2 and T3 come to realize that JD might be a huge liability when you cant find a good legal job and try to land a regular business world position. That is why so many people actually take JD off their resume to assure a successful job search...
Thane,I understand what you are saying. I do want to go to law school and become a lawyer. I have expensive options in T10-T30 range and much less expensive options in T70s. The bottoms line is that I am looking to get a good legal job upon graduation. In case I do not get a good legal job I would like to work in accounting for a while to be able to pay my mortgage and save for my kids' college. If I go for an average accounting job with JD on my resume, they wil lquestion my commitment for industry and qualification level (they might feel I am hard up for cash and will quit any chance I get). That is the summary of my dillemma. I understand that is not easy and might have many alternative solutions.
If one is certain to want to live in, say, the mid-Atlantic, then what is nominally a difference between a West Coast #20 and a mid-Atlantic #50 is almost a wash. Indeed, it can be easier in some ways from the lower-ranked school, especially if one is a top-placed student there as compared to the higher-ranked school. (While hardly a certainty, there is a modest chance that that's what will happen.)