Anonymous User wrote:I strongly disagree with the notion that a normal person shouldn't worry about prestige. People make decisions all the time based on the perceptions of others. Cars, homes, watches, cell phones, and yes, careers are all ways that people try to distinguish themselves from others. The problem with law students is that most of them still live in a very insular world where their perceptions of prestige are based on their law student peers. Once students have left school and begin to interact with non-lawyers in a variety of social settings they will discover that the V-10 firm does not impress others as much being a lawyer with a high salary. The classic post about S&C shoulder bags illustrates this point pretty well. http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=195625
Vault rankings don't matter for exit options any more than the overall US News rankings matter for recruiting purposes. Headhunters do not anxiously bite their fingernails until the end of June hoping that their candidate's firm is still V-X. True story: I know a guy from Wachtel who wanted to go to a US law firm in China. It took him forever to find a position even though the hiring market was hot because none of the US firms' Chinese recruiters knew what a Wachtel was. This is just one example, but it illustrates that rankings don't matter as much as the brand name in many cases.
I will give you that Vault may be one place to start researching for someone who doesn't understand the biglaw scene. But IMO besides giving a general lay of the land it is fairly useless.
Your posting has gone completely off the rails. You've switched over to anonymous for no apparent reason, you're talking about whether women will be impressed by the fact that you're at a V10, and you're telling stories about "Wachtel [sic]" lawyers applying for jobs in China. I don't even know where to start.