I am interested in a Clerkship after graduation, but have no strong preference for where I want to practice, I just know I will never want to live in NYC. So yes, I think cutting Fordham out of the equation would be smart. If for some reason i have a change of heart I can work my way into NYC rather than be "stuck" in it unsurely. I feel like Emory gives me more geographic mobility than W&L, am I wrong? Why the bias towards W&L? inform me of its many virtues:).......... I live in PA right now and probably want to live in the surrounding are. Maryland, NJ, DE, NC, possibly some parts of VA but not as rural as Lexington.
This is just my impression:Atlanta: W&L = Emory (maybe slight edge for W&L among Atlanta-based firms, like King & Spalding, because of Alumni loyalty?)Every other city in the South: W&L > (slight edge) Emory (many Southerners view Emory almost as a Northern school because of how many northerners go there, though this may be more true for UG).DC: W&L > Emory > Fordham.NYC: Emory = Fordham > W&L.Feel free to speak up if you disagree, this is just my impression from different lawyers who I've spoken with.