So, the question is why would a firm that practices law on a regular basis seek a lawyer from a category of law schools that is known for greatly producing lawyers that do not practice law?
That firm actually did have a lot of attorneys that went to Yale, Michigan, and UVA. However, they hired 4 of their 13 lawyers from low ranked schools. Generally a firm that says we are only hiring top grads has a bunch of people from Western State, but this firm did a decent job of backing it up. Still 30% of their lawyers did not ATTEND top schools. As far as I know Pace, Loyola New Orleans, and UConn are not TOP schools. That just shows you do not need to attend a top law school even if people say we are only taking top students. Bottom line is it is just an advertising tactic. I am sure if a Cooley grad could help them out they would get hired. This type of add scares insecure students from lower ranked schools. I am sure a firm does not want to waste their time dealing with someone with limited raw intelligence compared to their peers and does not have enough confidence in themselves to succeed. So they put Top Tier only in their add and that way they get top tier grads to apply and people from lower ranked schools who at least have some confidence in themselves. Below is a list of attorneys that work at this firm who are not top undergrad & top law school grads.Ernest F. TeitellEducation * Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, Juris Doctor * Bethany College, Bachelor of ArtsMarilyn RamosEducation * Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, 1989, Juris Doctor, * University of Connecticut, Master of Arts, Spanish LiteratureAngelo ZiotasEducation * University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude * Connecticut College, New London, Major in Biology, Minor in BiochemistryKathleen L. BrandtEducation * Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, 1996, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude * Western Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude
Now you said the 4 lawyers I cited are partners, but I think only one was. It does really matter because they are employed as lawyers alongside people from Yale, Michigan, UVA. If they are all partners it only strengthens my point that someone from Pace can be a partner over someone from Yale. It is all about merit at the end of the day. I am sure it was very difficult for the tier 4 grads on the list to get where they got, but these people are just another example of tier 4 grads succeeding.