vanwinkle wrote:Why are law students elitist?
Because the legal profession, including hiring, is elitist.
With job saturation at an all-time high, pedigree matters, especially since it really is true that you can get almost the same education at a lower-tier school as you do at a higher-tier one. They're all the same classes, taught by Harvard and Yale grads who learned the same things. The difference isn't the caliber of the teaching, really, it's the caliber of the students and the caliber of the degree name.
This is why transfers often do so well at their new school; they're doing the exact same thing they did at their old school, and they already learned how to do it well. So why transfer? The name, the alumni network, and the fact that having a better name on their resume indicates they were in a better pool of students.
Law is all about prestige, which tends to mean elitists succeed.
Maybe in NYC or other large legal markets and at elite firms. But this has not been my personal experience at ALL. Instead its always been who you know beats where you go. But of course if you don't know anyone then where you go is all you got. But at least here in Denver I'd rather know people and be from the local school than try to break in here even from an elite school. markets like Denver have a very real basis towards local candidates (to the point hat expect to get grilled on it even if your local but came from out of state for LS).
I've just never seen the "law is all about prestige" thing here. Maybe its because the people attracketed to prestige don't tend to come to places like Denver to practice law and hence that "prestige" model is not something in the firm culture/hiring model.
I dunno, but my personal experience says law is not all about prestige, very much so for some firms and in a few cities, but I hazard to guess most lawyers experiences in the many markets outside of those are similar to mine. For those that seek and those that want prestige they probably tend to flock to the markets and schools that make that a premium.