« on: April 13, 2008, 03:45:10 AM »
Just to throw my 2 cents in:
One thing I've noticed about a lot of t3/t4 students that I know is that they've developed a "naruto" complex. Basically, they feel that the odds are stacked against them, so they'll work as hard as they can to do the best that they can. That's their way of the ninja, I suppose. Of course, there are others who go out and drink 3/4 nights a week and do the bare minimum to get by. But I'm guessing that exists in T1/T2 schools, too.
In the end: T1/T2 = better out of school employment options. It's a statistical fact. Judging the intelligence of the graduating classes of T1/2/3/4 is impossible. Although it's easier to get into many T3/4 schools, the attrition rate and curves are often brutal. Many of those who make it to graduation can truly be said to be the best of those who applied.
There are many reasons to go to law school, and if any of them involves wanting to practice Biglaw, you need to go to a T1/2 or be in the top 10% of your class. If you want a mid size firm offer, you're better off going to a T1/2. If you want a small size firm offer, you're better off going to a T1/2. But if you can't get in or don't want to go due to geographical or financial reasons, you don't NEED to go to a T1/2. Jobs will always be available for those who work hard and for those who are willing to accept less than 'market' rate. After your first job, your law school reputation may very well be meaningless.
And now back to my motion for summary judgment.