Sunday, September 23, 2007

Two sides

Interesting article on the front page of today's Wall Street Journal about the recruiting season from the perspective of students from lower-ranked law schools.

It's funny, since I hear two different pictures about legal recruiting from lower-ranked schools. The (negative) side is mentioned in the the WSJ article. But I also hear stories about big bad law firms expanding their traditional recruiting pool because of the booming legal market and the need to find more bodies. Even UCLA has benefited from this, since while all the major West Coast firms always come to recruit, the top NY firms have started coming out this year and last year, as the major East Coast law schools produce only a finite number of graduates. This has been a fruitful to the rare kids here who desire to go practice in NY post-graduation.

Which side of the story is true, I'll leave it for you to decide.


Blogger angela said...

Interesting article. I think that both sides are true, and it just depends on what school you're at and what your class rank is whether or not your outlook on OCI/job hunting is bleak or optimistic.

10:05 PM  
Blogger nicolle said...

yeah...i think the truth is somewhere in between. you're not completely screwed if you are at a lower-ranked school and want biglaw...but your grades need to be significantly higher for them to ever look at you. it really doesn't matter if you go to a T14 or a tier-4...if you're in the top five to ten percent, you're golden. but, outside of that range it yale you're still golden, at the tier-4 you have no shot to start out in biglaw.

the question is, if you're at the lower-ranked school, whether you can afford the risk that you aren't in the top five to ten percent, and still be able to pay off those loans you take out to go there.

6:56 AM  

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