« on: April 22, 2005, 11:38:07 AM »
am i the government? no. is this board run by the government? no.
then what does this have to do with free speech?
the point is, if you start with a big firm, you can do anything you want in your career. you can stay there, you can move in-house, you can go to gov't, you can go to public interest. you can take your clients and open your own firm.
but if you start at a midsize firm doing insurance or products liability defense, you'll likely be pigeonholed there for the rest of your career. you won't be able to move to a larger firm (unless you're a rainmaker), and you won't be competitive for the better gov't jobs or for larger in-house counsel jobs, because there'll be enough candidates from larger, more prestigious firms who will get the interviews simply because of the firm name on their resume.
you also hit on an important point - there are many fewer people who have gone to cardozo, so they have a much smaller alumni network. fordham has one of the largest, most active alumni networks in the country, and if you think networking doesn't matter in law, then you simply don't understand the industry. let me put it this way - cardozo (as of a year ago) has ONE alum who's an article III judge. fordham has alums who are judges all over the country, including several in SDNY and EDNY.