« on: January 12, 2010, 11:59:42 AM »
I think we get too caught up in this somewhat elitist ranking system. By no means am I trying to defend a school like Cooley but we need to take other considerations into account. I've seen my share of socially awkward Ivy League graduates who have issues performing in a courtroom despite their "pedigree" and what not.
This really reminds me of the hype and build up before an NFL or NBA draft. Everyone expects the "pedigree" players from the elite schools to result in the best players on the professional level. And admittedly, they generally do outperform the lesser known schools. But you also commonly see players from marginal, mid-major conferences step up their games and develop into superstars.
If these players never got drafted or were not able to walk onto a professional team, how would they have ever developed into professional superstars?
I often wonder how much law school performance correlates with the actual practice of law. I guess the only way to quantify success in practice is to measure post-graduate salaries. And graduates from the elite schools who end up in BIGLAW firms are generally going to earn more than graduates working in mid-level firms and public interest.