This is true, but OP won't have many hours left in order to both be #1 in the class and network like a mofo. It certainly shouldn't be a top priority. It's really all irrelevant, because they are looking for verification.
OP want verification for his logic of:
"If a Harvard Law student with good grades is truly socially inept -> They are screwed = If a Belmont student has ok or better grades and is not truly social inept -> They are not screwed."
I will only say that this logic is flawed, and if OP cannot realize why this logic is flawed they should stay out of any profession that requires judgment whether that be law, finance or anything involving strategizing.
In addition, a person hearing of a school does not mean much. You are probably knowledgeable of every college within proximity of your hometown. You see the signs for them on the highway, pass by the campus or see people rocking clothing with the college's name when you run errands. This does not mean you respect the school, or would choose to hire from the school.
Moreover, most people are good natured, and would give advice to anyone who asks. However, unless someone is on a hiring committee or works in recruitment, they tend to only know their personal experience. Someone who went to law school twenty years ago, and went to a TTT on a full scholarship but turned out successful will say rank does not matter, and go for free. Someone who went for sticker to a good school will say go to the best school you can get into. Most people, even really intelligent people, tend to presume that if they did A, B and C and got the desired result of D, then A, B and C were both sufficient and necessary to achieving D. The reality is that this isn't true. The individual may have had qualities they failed to consider, may have gotten lucky, or may be right but would not have similarly succeeded in today's economy. For these reasons, the actual employment data is the best predictor of your individual situation. Law students are no more socially inept than the general population. Every field has weirdos. The only difference is that law is a field where social skills are very important, but neither sufficient nor necessary to having some baseline level of success. Therefore, a few really strange people slip through the cracks and succeed. People like you generalize that if this weirdo did it, then because I'm not a weirdo I can definitely do it.
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on Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:53 pm, edited 1 time in total.