HeavenWood wrote:Many people here seem convinced that if you attend anywhere but an upper tier 1 law school, you're destined for a mediocre salary and a lifetime of debt. How true is this assumption?
My father is a managing partner at a mid-sized Philadelphia firm. He is a Penn grad, but many of the other managing partners have degrees from Temple, Rutgers, Pittsburgh--even Widener (as well as one lone grad from Arkansas). Of course, these men and women are on the older side, and began working over 25 years ago, when law was (presumably) a somewhat less competitive field. If those individuals came fresh out of those law schools today, would they really be screwed for life?
Suffice to say, I'm a bit worried. On the one hand, my father does have a lot of connections, and has told me on numerous occasions not to stress myself out--that with a few phone calls, he can land me a decent starting job at a local firm. On the other hand, I'd rather not ride Daddy's coattails. I see no shame in using connections, but at the same time, I'd like to see how far I can get on my own merit.
I plan on taking the LSAT in October, and will very likely be a high GPA / low LSAT splitter coming from Pitt--a decent (but not phenomenal) state university. Hence, I will probably end up at a low tier 1 / high tier 2 school--something in the neighborhood of Pitt, Dickinson, Temple, Villanova, or Rutgers.
If I want to stay in the Philadelphia area, do I stand a good chance of getting far? My father tells me that while nothing beats a t14 degree, if I graduate toward the top of my class, attending one of the above law schools will be just fine if I plan on remaining in the Delaware Valley.
What does everybody think?
How's that working out for you?