SweetTort wrote:Thanks for doing this thread!
Have you noticed any relation between the quality of school attended and the odds of making partner? For instance, if two associates are hired, one from Harvard/Stanford and the other from Northwestern/Georgetown/Cornell, do they both have an equal shot of making partner, all else being equal?
I'm just curious if there are benefits to degree name after initial hiring.
Not at all. In fact the numbers really work the other way. We take more grads from Harvard and Chicago than we do from lower ranked schools and there are similar numbers in terms of partners from the schools. Meaning more elite law school grads leave the firm before they get to income partner than lower ranked schools. The committee does not look at degree when deciding who to promote. They honestly do not care. Out of law school, the degree matters a little more because we feel like we can get a larger number of people from the top schools to come here initially. But the laterals here come from all across the range of schools. To make partner you have to find the right group and work hard/survive the first 6-7 years.
And here in Chicago, a Northwestern grad is gold. Those attorneys know how to work.