niederbomb wrote:It seems messed up that family status can guarantee what others have to work for. But it's stupid to argue that point, even if I feel it.
Seriously, some people have shit families, dads in prison, etc. You can't make a generalization like that in a country as stratified and diverse as America that presupposes a white middle class upbringing. For anyone who doesn't fit this profile, T14 is necessary to make stuff happen and may indeed be the only source of the "who you know" that gets people jobs.
I know a girl from my hometown who is in the bottom 10% of her class at a regional T1 school in the area, and who consistently gets job interviews and offers from firms in my town that I can't even get an interview with (above median at t-14) because her father is a partner at a law firm and is very well connected in the legal community.
I also know a girl I go to school with who has no family connections at all, but worked her ass to to be at the top of my class and, as a result, has crazy job offers from big firms, the DOJ, and Circuit Court judges.
Without getting in to numbers or probability, the moral is this: yes, family connections can get you that first job, but there's more than one way to skin a cat, and you're not out of luck just because you don't have them. It's possible (although admittedly harder) to get things without connections, too.