JCougar wrote:How does the employment data refute this?
First, you say:
JCougar wrote:Biglaw/clerkships are pathologically obsessed with grades/rank "prestige," but the other law jobs out there are far more nonplussed.
So the first step is to remove these factors from the equation. Looking at employment statistics, we can see that once you get outside of the ~T20, the chances of obtaining either of these are next to zero.
JCougar wrote:Connections is probably #1 outside OCI/Biglaw/clerkships. Fit/interest in the firm's practice areas is #2. Grades might be third or fourth, and school rank is probably a factor, but one of the least important ones. Going to a better school only really helps you as far as their OCI can help you with Biglaw. It's not going to help you get small law/midlaw.
Things that have no correlation with a persons LSAT and GPA (Which I think we can agree dictates where you goto LS almost always):
Fit/interest in a firm's practice area
How well you perform on LS exams and thus your grades/ranking
Probably anything else you can think of that isn't specifically related to what the ranking of the school you attend is
So past the ~T20 all the way to the ~#200 ranked school, where OCI related biglaw/Clerkships don't exist, the expected job outcome would be an almost uniform distribution between the schools within the this very, very large bracket. At least according to what you believe.
So tell me, is that what you see when you analyze the employment statistics that are available? Because I do not.