terrybhs06 wrote:lol at ppl taking this super seriously. This data comes from self-reported payscale data. Cute to look at but by no means definitive.
I'd actually say that the biggest problem with this data is the group its centered on. 45 year olds? So, people who've been practicing for 20 years... people who started their careers in a completely different legal market. What would be useful is a crystal ball that can tell me what this chart will look like in 20 years.
Mid career success does not exist in isolation but typically requires early success (getting on an upward trajectory right out of law school) as a prerequisite.
Every one of these mid career professionals went to law school in a vastly different era.
For those just beginning law school, you have to look 20 years into the future, a future where law schools currently struggling with Big Law or clerkship placement (hello Michigan) will not fare very well.
To put it bluntly, any school located in either the Midwest (- maybe Chicago) or California is probably not going to be on the 2041 version of this list.
Stanford places well because of Silicon Valley. The "Silicon Valley" of the future is in...Shenzhen China.