RebelRebel wrote:Hehe - I think that most people here forget that your law school's rank will initially open some doors to you closed to others for a few years after graduation. If you have what it takes to transcend your school's reputation, what you do with the degree is up to you.
Keep in mind that what you do down the road is closely tied to what you do leaving law school. Prestige is really important in the legal profession (for whatever reason) in a way it isn't in a lot of other professions. For example, you can get out in the real world leaving a really crappy b-school go work at some small failing company, turn it around by turning it into to a viable, profitable business, and no one will care about where you went to school after that. Or you could go into retail management at a company like walmart making jackshit, and then work your way up into upper management at that company (a lot of middle/upper management hiring happens within the company at places like this, so this isn't unrealisitc). You'll find more lucrative jobs just based on your successes. In a lot of ways, the same is not true in the legal profession. You can't just go work at some small shitty personal injury firm, do great work, and then move your way up into biglaw. Sure you'll make decent money eventually doing personal injury work if you are good, but even as a partner at a good personal injury firm you still won't touch anything near what a biglaw partner makes. Also, being successful in a personal injury firm won't allow you to exit into things like in-house counsel at a corporation (which is something a lot of attorneys want), unlike if you worked in biglaw. In many ways, where you attend law school really effects your entire life's job prospects. Sure there are exceptions to this. But it's definetely not something you can plan on (because it's extremely rare).