BeautifulSW wrote:I share your skepticism. After 25+ years in the profession, and hiring and training young lawyers from a good many law schools, my unscientific impression is that the school's rank makes far less difference than class rank when trying to weed people out.
That's cool dude, but it doesn't change the fact that most hiring people (particularly those at the best and highest-paying firms/agencies) do not agree with you. They hire from the best schools, and it is therefore (all things being equal) stupid to go to a school that doesn't maximize job prospects.
I don't think they disagree, actually, I think it's just not relevant to the current discussion. If you're talking about long-term success of people in the industry, yes, grades probably correlated to success more than school did. I'd bet that people at HLS with truly shitty grades tended to leave the legal industry more often, and people at the top of the class in a T100 tended to do have long respectable legal careers.
But right now we're in an economy that doesn't allow that kind of thing. Things have changed, it's no longer an either/or thing. It's no longer true that a good school or
good grades could get you a decent starting job and a chance to prove yourself. Now you need both just to get into the industry in the first place.