Biglaw_Associate_V20 wrote:ReasonableNprudent wrote:I get it and I don't. It's not quite that the stink of a non-t14 won't wash off, it's that a non-t14 holder will never have the allure of a t14 degree. It matters to those that care, and the ones that care are predominately t14 holders and not all t14 holders will care. The vast majority of attornnys aren't concerned with t14 v. non-t14. There might be a distinction, but I dont think the line is clear. And the accomplishments of an attorney quickly become more important than the degree, but some degrees will get more opportunities than others.
It should matter to anyone considering law school, and these are the people who read this particular forum. Job prospects should be your primary consideration when considering which law school to go to and prospects at the T14 are undeniably better than at non-T14 schools.
I agree with you that most attorneys do not care where other practicing attorneys went to law school. They do care, however, where law students who want to work at their firms are going to law school. Biglaw firms only interview at a handful of schools, primarily the T14 in addition to a handful of other schools that are cherry-picked based on the location of the firm's main office(s).
1) I have a friend that's PD. He would rather represent joe criminal and fight the gov any day of the week than go biglaw. You literally could not pay him enough to go to an office with you every day, but I'd love to see it as it would be hilarious. I'm not at all convinced you're sharper than he is. He's not t14 and it will never matter to anyone.
2) Another very close friend was on a board interviewing candidates for a GC position at a large organization. Pay would be around 200k, I imagine, but don't know for sure. One of the interviewees was HYS, and my friend told me how impressed everyone was. The HYS didn't get the job. You want to know who did? It was an alumn from the local regional leader, about 6-8 years in, with experience in the industry. And it will never matter that his degree is not t14 to anyone.
You seem to like stats, and they are telling. Have you checked out the turnover for biglaw after 5 years? Your biglaw background might help leverage you as well, but I wouldn't bank on riding on your t14 degree forever.