This thread is funny. Some of the posters give the impression that you MUST go to a T1 to have a real chance in BIGLAW.
Quote from: DOCLAW on November 29, 2006, 02:13:13 PMThis thread is funny. Some of the posters give the impression that you MUST go to a T1 to have a real chance in BIGLAW. It is absolutely not the end of the "biglaw world" to go to a low-ranked school. In fact, I started at a third tier school, got a great biglaw job, and had a great first summer associateship. I transferred up and I see how easy things are for these kids, all the way through their careers. Don't forget that things don't magically equalize after you get the offer. Some firms (and it's hard to identify them ex ante) are highly snotty about pedigree.Like I said, law school is all about placing yourself in a position to be able to do the things you want. OP seemed (if I remember correctly) really interested in biglaw. She also has no grades yet (except for legal writing), and it's hard to know how one will fare after finals. If you do well at a sub-t50 school, you can get into biglaw. If you don't, good luck. This year, nobody in the class beneath me at my old school got a job through OCI, and very few of my 3L friends (set to graduate) have jobs at all. The average sub-t50 student has not-so-great biglaw prospects.Again, biglaw is not the be-all, end-all. Not even close. But if it's what you want, or what you think you want (which is the point of this whole thread) there are things you can do to make it more likely.
If you aren't in the top 1/3 - 1/2 at any schools outside of the top 15, you likely aren't going biglaw.
First of all, I said "likely", and that is true. Second of all, how about you back that statement up with some numbers? I still stand by the statement that people outside of the top 50% at non-top 15 schools "likely" aren't going big law. Bottom line.
Sorry, I just have to respond to your comment noting that UGA is "out of the way." UGA places the most law students in biglaw in Atlanta than any other law school, and I don't think its close. Nearly every one of my friends in the top 1/3 had a good shot at big law and either got an offer, or at least had multiple shots at it. If you aren't in the top 1/3 - 1/2 at any schools outside of the top 15, you likely aren't going biglaw. So the point: UGA is a bad example of a school that doesn't place well in biglaw, and while it is an hour from ATL, it certainly isn't "out of the way" in terms of getting a job.