« on: May 30, 2009, 12:03:56 AM »
I understand this whole law profession is very hierarchical. The name of your school is important in finding employment. However after one year of law school at a not so top school, one thing I realize is how superficial this hierarchy is. The quality of the students in my school is excellent (regardless of the law school entrance numbers). There are people who didn't do well either on the LSAT or in undergrad but they can do very well in law school. The B curve can be annoying because you can get one question wrong on the test and you still end up with a B. I was impressed with my classmates for a long time. There are a large number of engineering / physical /life science students in my school, PhDs, Masters and those with tons of work experiences who have had USPTO patents. For a tier 3 school, the Class of 2011 is extremely strong. I don't think there is one person who is unconscious or drunk at any point. I think the class is just as strong as any other at other law schools.
It's just sad reality that a group of smart people such as my class is considered to be on the lower rung of the law hierarchy. It really bothers me to read about people who desperately wanna transfer from UPenn to Harvard. I understand this hierarchy really puts pressure on people. But at the end of the day, what does this really mean? There are people in my school who are very bright. This whole tier thing just doesn't make sense.