kwais wrote:I think people mischaracterize 'lay prestige' on TLS as some sort of pick-up line. Why do you think firms let you search their attorneys by law school? To capitalize on 'lay prestige'. It's real and, while it's by no means THE reason to pick a school, to say it's somehow non-existent is naive.
The flaw in this reasoning is that to whatever extent this is true, this would already be incorporated into the metrics that this site encourages you to use, namely the widely accepted measures of the school's legal
employment prospects and prestige. The goal is to assess your employment prospects. To whatever extent firms take "lay prestige" into account, that factor will be fed back into measures like US News's reputation surveys and the NLJ 250 and other employment data.
The consensus on TLS is something like HYS > CCN > MVPDCNB > GTV > regional that dominates its state, else: don't go to law school. This consensus has the negligible effect of "lay prestige" built in.
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