swiftwings88 wrote:Sorry to just jump in on this but I'd argue that you can work big law coming out of almost any t1 or t2 school. It all depends on your work ethic, people skills, and work you do during law school (non-academic). As a point of illustration, my brother went to law school at Marquette and was decent but not great academically and he works for a big law firm in Chicago. Grades help as does national prestige but I would say go to the school that gives you the most money and that you like the best.
Don't stress about it. If you work hard, and bust your butt doing legwork in law school I'm sure you'll have a great job after graduation.
The problem with this is that I hear you can be doing everything right and still not get the grades you might think you deserve, because most of your classmates will also be doing everything in their power or just because of bad luck.
The problem with all of the logic on TLS is - there is no golden ticket. The adcomm at Yale might let a shitty student in. Does that mean her life will be roses from thereon out? She might get biglaw right out of school simply because she went to a T3, but what are her chances at moving up if she is incompetent? Given a choice between a moron from HYS and a tigershark from University of North Dakota that obliterates every single godamn thing she touches, who is going to keep moving up?
Would Microsoft have been even more of a global hegemon if Bill Gates had have staid to get his diploma? Competency is competency is competency. At the end of the day, even if you get your 3 years in biglaw, if you can't bust your ass, what does law school +3yrs look like?
I understand the immediate context of the thread. Hell, I'm part of the game. But there are no magic buttons. Period.
I guess my end analysis is, go to the best school you get into that makes long term financial sense, but don't think that you'll have arrived once you do. Grades are hard to get as Ragged alludes to, but they're not the only indicator that matters. Every industry that matters recognize hard workers - even if they fail. Swiftsing hits on a good point when he says that the emphasis is on legwork. Now legwork + T14, that's a beautiful thing.