So, the short version = if you want to be a real lawyer you need to go to a T5, or do above median at a T14. Otherwise you're a glorified paralegal?I'm not going to take issue with that suggestion, but will ask yet another question: exactly how do they (the law school collective) attract 40,000 new matriculants (or more) each year?
Good news:Firms still want a diversity of schools represented, so if you've done well at a reasonably well-ranked school you are fine. The kids who are screwed are those who have average grades at a great school, who in any other economy would have a great selection of jobs.As for T3/T4, my prediction is employed rates will be way off and many will be shutting their doors in a few years. We can't take this many lawyers (we've known that for a while), and now reality is hitting hard. I mean seriously, JAG Corps is competitive this year.
A "TON" do SCOTUS clerkships? Haha. Now that's funny.As far as firms caring about a diversity of schools, I think it's true. But a diversity of good schools. I don't think we'll see firms going to new schools. But I do think we're going to see them continue shopping at the schools they already did. A few fringe schools may get cut firm-by-firm. But if a firm has 10 slots, and usually fills it with 6 from big school X and 2 from small schools Y and Z, you're probably going to see X lose out, all else equal.