dreamz01 wrote:Doesn't real world experience override whatever school we graduate from and will ultimately be the reason why some get a certain job and others dont?
Yes! For example, the lateral options out of big law firms are lucrative and bountiful - to in house positions at agencies or corporations in particular.
Unfortunately big firm jobs are almost impossible to get out of Cal Western, Whittier, or TJ :-/
And if you manage to get a clerkship, especially at the federal level, you'll write your own ticket.
Unfortunately clerkships are almost impossible to get out of Cal Western, Whittier, or TJ :-/
But if you get a position with a federal agency - like DoJ, the IRS, or something - you can have excellent opportunities to transition to boutique practice or other awesome legal work.
Unfortunately those positions are almost impossible to get out of Cal Western, Whittier, or TJ :-/
If you start your career with a prestigious PI group like the ACLU or a think tank from any spectrum, you'll also have the chance to prove yourself and lateral to other interesting work.
Unfortunately landing a spot with a prestigious PI group or think tank is almost impossible to get out of Cal Western, Whittier, or TJ :-/
The problem is that even out of law school, your record of employment much more than what you do in that employment determines your career prospect. There will be successful attorneys - often plaintiffs attorneys - out of every law school in the country. But your FIRST job usually determines your second usually determines your third. It is quite possible for any individual attorney to make their way in the world through hard work, dedication, networking, talent, and lucky breaks. But for the most part, the elitism of the legal industry perpetuates loooonnnngggg after you've graduated from school. You will never, ever, ever lateral into a big firm, corporate inhouse slot, or federal agency from a run-of-the-mill tiny law firm. I mean it's not QUITE that drastic, but it's close. If you're already at a tiny firm, do your best and try!
But if you're making an informed decision about where or whether to attend law school, realize the odds. For every 100 people in your situation, fewer than 15 will see the kind of career path involving power, prestige, personal fulfillment and/or compensation that most
people hope for when they decide to become attorneys.
That's just the way of things.