Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:ExBiglawAssociate wrote:Success in biglaw, especially as a junior attorney, has very little to do with having elite intelligence. People with just above average intelligence from lower-ranked law schools but top 1% work ethic regularly beat out HYS folks in terms of the quality of their work and the likelihood that they'll make partner. Biglaw requires endurance, stamina, and work ethic more than elite intelligence. You just have to slog through a whole bunch of incredibly boring shit in a competent way. That's what people hire lawyers to do. You're not applying any complex mathematical principles or anything like that. The ideal biglaw associate, in my opinion, is someone who has developed superior endurance and stamina who works hard and doesn't have the intelligence/pedigree/initiative to leave for a startup, to become a Senator, etc. For example, I know a lot of long-distance runners who do exceptionally well in biglaw because they're just grinders.
That's why I would almost exclusively hire people with exceptional grades rather than people from top law schools, if I were emperor of my own firm.
This applies to transactional and litigation? Why did you leave biglaw? Mind sharing more about your firm
Look at the top partners at top firms. I think Harvard/Columbia/Penn produce the most partners? I could be wrong.
Of course they do. They have the most people in big law (along w/ other t14 schools). The better analysis would be to determine what percent of folks from T1/2 schools make partner vs. percent from T14. I think those numbers would surprise people.