We had an Alumni/Student Conference this weekend at my school. I swear, throughout the day I heard at least 5-6 alumni say, "Five years after graduation, no one cares about grades b/c you change firms so frequently. Just make sure you make a name for yourself at each firm."You'll be fine!
This thread is ridiculous. No matter where you go to school - or if you have medicore grades - if you're a good lawyer, that will show through. And that's true in ANY profession. Who cares what a firm thinks, the goal is to have your OWN firm.If you wander around life wondering what tier or category you fit into, nobody will hire you (plus, you've got some issues you need to figure out on your own).The great equalizer: There are just as many lawyers (if not more) getting disbarred or censured from top-tier schools as there are "Podunk U" schools.Do you think those lawyers being disbarred or censured are telling the board of responsibility how good their grades were or they were on law review? No. It's what you can do, not how many superlatives you can rack up.
Zemog -- I was looking predominantly at smaller and mid-sized firms and they were the ones with the top-of-the-class hiring criteria.