"Thirteen attorney litigation firm seeks full-time associate with 2-4 years litigation experience, top tier undergraduate and law school education, as well as journal or clerkship experience. Familiarity with Connecticut state court legal practice is preferred but not required."
I was reading the www.abovethelaw.com above the law.com blog, when on the side of the article a job advertisement was listed (exact text above).
This brought me to question a point in the ad about the firm seeking a top tier law school graduate (and undergrad as well). From what I have heard through academic, blogs, media, personal knowledge, etc is that a great deal of "top tier" law schools produce large numbers of non-practicing attorneys. Sometimes these schools are referred to as elite institutions for producing so many graduates that do not actually practice law but instead pursue academic/business/other opportunities.
So, the question is why would a firm that practices law on a regular basis seek a lawyer from a category of law schools that is known for greatly producing lawyers that do not practice law?