caleng wrote:I've always wondered about that. I know the immediate earning potential is greater from Northwestern, but I assume that levels off after a few years once employers are more interested in your former jobs than the name of the school on your cv. However, since this assumes that the job one gets right out of law school has a significant bearing on all jobs down the line, it seems like the school will make a difference (since it leads to that initial job). So I've pretty much gone in a circle.
Also, DF, do you know where I would go about finding information on how deep in the class patent firms are willing to hire? I've been looking at the patent firms that interview at each school, but that only gives me an idea of interviews, not necessarily job offers.
Yeah but how many people who leave biglaw jobs really go to similarly high paying jobs? The majority are going to be going to lower paying jobs. Meanwhile those who started making 55-60K most likely have gone to a better opportunity / have had a pay increase and are making more. Tons will end up practicing on their own (50%) or will end up in a small practice of 2-10 people (20%), where the school you went to (or the biglaw firm you worked at) is going to make far less of an impact, if any at all.
Not saying NU isn't worth attending of course - I love NU - but from a purely numbers prospective I doubt in the long run the average earning differs much from GW grads outside of the first 4-5 years.