lisjjen wrote:For one thing I don't think people have done cocktail parties since about 1959.
Really? I thought a cocktail party was just a party where people drink mixed drinks.
I can see you have the charm of your avatar: a soggy Keanu Reeves. Cocktail parties require dressing up
and having coordinated and classy
mixed drinks dispensed from a bar arrangement. What you're describing would be ever spring break and sorority party from Arizona to Maine.
They aren't, but indirectly your LSAT score does follow you around. By the law firm hiring practice of only recruiting at top law schools, I think they are implicitly saying that they think an LSAT score is a better predictor of performace as a lawyer than grades, etc (i.e. a lot of firms will pick someone below the median at Stanford before they will even think about the guy who is #1 at hastings, and the only big difference between the 2 people is the LSAT). And, for most people, your first job out of law school defines opportunities that are or are not open to you later in your career (e.g. if you don't make it into biglaw out of law school it is incredibly unlikely you will be able to "lateral" to biglaw later in your career, or be able to go in-house at a major corporation, etc, etc).
Where is this firm choosing between #1 Hastings and below median Stanford? If it's in New York, Hastings is toast. If it's in San Francisco, I don't think Stanford stands a chance. If it's in L.A. things probably start to even out. It's the concept that 20% of people in Cardozza go to biglaw. Even though they're there, you never see them. They do slave work in the back until they burn out and change their careers.
Though I can agree that moving laterally into biglaw is a nonoption. There's one way into Biglaw, and many many ways out. Excepting some kind of Andrew Carnegie story where you shoot up from the bottom, I highly doubt you can move in. Their aim is to wring as many hours from you as they can before they toss you aside like a dish rag. Only the toughest and smartest move up. (Those don't all go to Stanford though.)