« on: July 09, 2006, 09:47:17 PM »
I'm applying to Columbia. I asked a professor about my decision, he talked with me for a while and ultimately said I should go. I have personal reasons that make my situation more complicated, and he said in no uncertain terms that if it wasn't for the personal stuff it wouldn't even be a difficult decision. He also said that I'll do fine if I don't transfer, I'm at a T2 school, but he said that basically when you have a Columbia degree you can walk into almost any firm and get hired on the spot. The really elite firms will only hire law review members, but I wouldn't have a shot at any of those places now anyway.
In regards to the school sucking thing, it does matter from what I've heard. Don't brush it off. Lawyers are jerks with small wangs who see everything as a pissing contest - especially what school you attend. Also remember that partners want to impress their clients, and if that means giving their clients more face time with the Harvard or Columbia grad than the really smart Brooklyn grad who does all the work, that's what will happen.