Journeyman, I am dumbfounded as to how you got into IU and W&L with your numbers. 155 LSAT and you applied to Vanderbilt? Honestly?
East Coast: W&L > NDChicago/Midwest: ND > W&LWest Coast: ND > W&L
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.
Quote from: Cooley2010 on March 05, 2007, 08:37:13 PMEast Coast: W&L > NDChicago/Midwest: ND > W&LWest Coast: ND > W&LReally? You give W&L an edge on the east coast? I would certainly have thought it had a distinct advantage in the SE, but not necessarily across the east. Interesting. I know W&L places heavily into Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte (all places I don't really want to go), and I think about 10% of their grads (or so I've heard) go to DC. I guess I just would have assumed that ND would have better reach than W&L.
I know the 1L job search is supposed to be hell for everyone outside the top 10 but when you hear a lot of judges and lawyers saying, "Why W&L? Why not go to (insert name of local Tier 2/3 school here)?" it starts to get very annoying. PM me if you want more info.
Quote from: ANBUDOM on March 05, 2007, 10:02:51 PMI know the 1L job search is supposed to be hell for everyone outside the top 10 but when you hear a lot of judges and lawyers saying, "Why W&L? Why not go to (insert name of local Tier 2/3 school here)?" it starts to get very annoying. PM me if you want more info. I'm not really looking in the northeast, so I don't have any firsthand experience with this, but don't you have a reason why you chose W&L as opposed to the local T2/3 school? I don't think the choice is hard to defend, and I think that most reputable employers will be familiar with W&L. It's a question that employers should ask of you, since it shows a willingness to go a bit south for a better education, and employers are probably thus worried about your geographic commitment to the region, since you will have a range of employment options open to you from W&L that you wouldn't have had from the local T2/3, which would've left you stuck in that region. FWIW, A 3L mentor of mine did a 1L summer with a firm in Boston, and he was only top 40%. Much of the 1L job search seems to be about being a great interviewer, which I evidently am not.