So are you saying all of those NYLS grads who are employed were in the top 10 % of their respective classes? Please. I think many people on this board loose sight of the big picture. At the end of three years we will have law degrees. A law degree, no matter your class rank was, and no matter the rank of the school, opens up many more doors, period.
excuse me, but are you saying that less than top flight grades from a less than top flight law school equals a failure? i bet there are many practicing lawyers that would not agree with you. there are about 140 non-tier 1 schools out there. most of these future lawyers would be failures in your book.
biglaw isn't the end all be all. there are many small and medium sized firms that pay well. i know a lawyer who pays his associates about 60k + bonuses for their cases. some of the associates make nearly 100k after all is said and done. the only tier one in the office is his partner, a penn grad. he told me his partner is a research genius but he can't litigate for sh1t.
movers and shakers? some just want to be lawyers. opportunity cost? many take the full ride at the tier3/4. penn worthless? penn is not worthless. all i was trying to show was that the school does not necessarily make the lawyer. take myself as an example. i will be taking the money and going to a low tier2 on a full-ride (good standing). i want to do ip, not because of the money but because i find it interesting. i would be more than content with 60k. i have always wanted to be a lawyer. i have never qualified my aspiration with the words "rich" or "big-law." the money is unimportant to me. all i need is enough to pay off my small student loans. after working for a number of years i plan to get an llm in ip from john marshall or depaul. later i might attempt to start or improve an ip program at a 4th tier school like texas southern. i feel that my goals are more than attainable. my career will be both rewarding and meaningful to me, of this i have little doubt. so what if i am not a mover or a shaker? i never wanted to be one. i just wanted to be a lawyer. the thing is you make sweeping generalizations about every law student. you have no idea what their career goals are. it is possible that their goals are quite modest in comparison to your own. some may just want to be lawyers. period. they don't care if that means they have to chase every ambulance in queens or the bronx. sure, some will struggle, but many will find success. it may not be your idea of success but that's you.