I'm not saying that any one of the three (the LSAT, law school, the Bar) alone is a good weed out point. I don't have all the answers. What I am doing is defending the fact that I am an intelligent person, I got a 158 on the LSAT, I graduated from law school, I passed the Bar and I got a job AS A LAWYER! The fact that I didn't go to a top tier law school does not diminish the fact that I am a lawyer and does not mean you are more qualified for a particular job than I am. There are other factors that go into someone's ability to perform as an attorney beyond those that can be quantified through testing, one being the ability to respond to an argument without resorting to sarcasm and belittlement.
No one's suggesting it's impossible
to land a decent job from from a lower-ranked school. But it is a hell of a lot harder. You probably graduated in the top 10 (if not the top 5%) of your class, and happened to get very lucky.
I never denied the fact that it's more difficult. In fact, I have strongly agreed. My situation is actually nothing like you described. I was no where near the top of my class, but I am tenaciuos and personable and created an opportunity for myself. I have worked hard to prove myself at my firm (as much as one can in two years). I admit it wasn't easy and I learn something new every day, and still have much to learn. My point is, you determine how far you go. If you can't land a job, then open your own firm. It might not be easy or glamorous at first, but it's better than sitting around complaining about TTT graduates getting jobs they "don't deserve."
If you could graduate from a TTT "nowhere near the top of your class" and still get a job, much less a decent one, then kudos to you. Seriously. That speaks volumes of your drive and interpersonal skills.
You are clearly an exceptional person. These days, even mid to lower T1 graduates at the top of their classes are struggling to find work.
But what worked for you will not work for most people. Depending on the market, even high T1s can be a gamble. In the end, you lucked out. I am in no way implying you don't deserve to be gainfully employed. Just know that what worked for you will not work for 9 out of 10 other people.
I truly appreciate your response!! I wish I had tried harder in law school and actually graduated near the top, but because I didn't, I had to make up for it elsewhere. I do feel very fortunate (and lucky, I guess) to be where I am now, especially knowing I am the exception rather than the rule. (a fact that makes me even more proud of my accomplishments) I suppose I wooed the right people. In my personal opinion, I think I was willing to work hard to get my job and to keep it, whereas some others feel entitled to jobs simply because they graduated from higher ranking schools. I certainly commend those who have graduated from top tier schools. I, too would find the lack of work disappointing; but I suggest they get creative in their quest to find work (maybe make a few adjustments in their plan...and as humiliating as it may be to them, start volunteering at a firm and figure out a way to make yourself invaluable), and in the case of those who do feel a sense of entitlement, maybe a dose of humility. But again, I appreciate the kudos.