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sage lawyers: experience vs. top tiers

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sage lawyers: experience vs. top tiers
« on: July 05, 2005, 08:49:50 AM »
which is the answer for the sage lawyers?

how would you rank these for chances of hiring by a major law firm ...

is it better to attend yale...columbia...nyu...cambr idge, uk...trinity, ire...columbia...or begin as a stenographer...police officer...labor union official...?


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Re: sage lawyers: experience vs. top tiers
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2005, 09:01:22 AM »
Extensive experience in a specialized field and a JD from a decent law school will make you very attractive to a major firm that has a strong practice group in that specialized field and is willing to "stoop" in order to pick up a new associate that is already well ahead on the learning curve for that specific industry.  For example, the firm I was with for the first half of this summer in an AmLaw 50 firm that usually never even looks at students from outside of the top 25 schools.  But, one student had extensive prior experience in the Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement field and was at a school ranked in the 50s.  The firm hired that student as a summer associate and he came in and hit the ground running.  He was immediately able to walk the walk and talk the talk and the attorneys immediately treated him as a colleague.  He will no doubt receive an offer of full time employment.

On the other side of the coin, firms like students from the upper echelon schools, regardless of prior experience, because those students have obviously shown that they are intelligent and can presumptively do well in any area that the firm needs associates in.  As a result, students from top schools are generally attractive to all firms, but students with some specialized industry knowledge are extremely attractive to a smaller set of firms.