This thread is posted often enough. Some observations.Top Law Schools Advantages:1. Recognizeable name for lamen (useful if you will be practicing in such a way that requires 'door traffic')2. Possibilities for academia/clerkships (the vast, if not almost complete majority of top professors and supreme court clerks come from top schools)3. First job (example: 2/3 of Columbia's class gets their first pick job (from their brochure) - I doubt highly even the top 20% of a school half as good can claim this)4. National job market (it makes it exponentially easier to be hired in far away region)5. Ego (you want to go a place with history, a reputation for brilliant students and superstar professors)Regional/Lower School Advantages:1. Regional name recognition (very important for some local firms, political office, etc)2. Big fish (probably easier to stand out, though I have some doubts because a lot of people will be working their asses off to be top 10% while people at Harvard, though competative, don't have be be to secure a good, 125k job where they want even if they are in the bottom half of the class)3. $$$ (more likely to get more of it, though big schools offer money too)With all this said, a few things should be granted:1. Law is meritocratic and great lawyers will rise above their education, no matter where its from2. Many top trial lawyers came from obscure schools (though many top trial lawyers also came from great schools)3. I've heard over and over again, that if you think Berkeley or Penn is competative (where most people are guranteed a good job), try the bloodbath that is tier II school where classrank=survivalSummary:Top schools provide, consistant top opportunities and a great place to learn. They also give your grandparents more bragging rights. Lower ranked schools can also be excellent and you can succeed from them, but be prepared to, by necessity, work harder, stand out more and scrap for jobs that, regardless of anecdote or exception, are just much harder to get from the American Law than from Duke Law.Hopefully this was gentle.
Quote from: getinsomewhere on February 05, 2006, 03:09:44 PM1. Regional name recognition (very important for some local firms, political office, etc)I have always been curious about choosing a law school to open up future political options. For example, I am considering some sort of state/local political office down the road. While the best school in my state is a T50, it is not exactly a national powerhouse. However, it is highlyregarded in the state (the school's graduates dominate the state) and most of the state's politicians are alumni.In this case it might be better to go to the local school than to go to some highly-ranked out-of-state school. What do you guys think?
1. Regional name recognition (very important for some local firms, political office, etc)
In this case it might be better to go to the local school than to go to some highly-ranked out-of-state school. What do you guys think?