r6_philly wrote: mrmangs wrote:
Lawquacious wrote:I guess my point is that in gauging lay prestige the whole point is that youre dealing with people who aren't fully informed yet about the nuances of law schools (what is the value of that really?).
I think there is some value to it. Yeah, it won't help you with hiring partners at law firms, because they obviously know what's up, but it might help you interacting with clients and business people (the latter esp if you go transactional).
I came across quite a few Cooley grads as partners in Philly when I was doing my firm research this week. Just saying.
Sure, what matters for making partner is largely rainmaking ability. Plenty of extremely intelligent, analytical thinkers can't bring home the bacon. If a Cooley grad has a respectable book of business, the world is his/her oyster.
My only point is that, at the margins, "prestige" might help in interactions with certain clients, relative, of course, to the metric they use. With hiring partners, this tends to be law school rank,. But a CEO who only knows MBA rankings might, on first impression, favor a lawyer who graduated from Northwestern over one who graduated from Michigan. With potential clients who only have a general sense of lay prestige, law school rankings might also be flouted in the first impression a lawyer makes on them (all else being equal). Not saying this will be a major boost, as the quality of a client relationship is determined mainly by good work and communication, but lay prestige or whatever could help in making a good first impression.