Would Attending A Top Law Program Boost my Job Prospects?
We all know the outlook in regards to attaining a job after Law School for a potential lawyer are slim right now. However I was wondering if attending a Top Tier Law School (i.e. Ivies and their Non-Ivy counterparts) would allow for a better chance at becoming a successful lawyer as I hear these schools send students off to the big Law Firms (the ones that make the 6-7 figures for employees). . .
But, by 'top' program, we really mean right at the top or very close to it. There are, literally, hundreds of law schools, but the graduates of only a few of them have strong employment prospects after they get their degrees. And, by the way, of the so-called T-14, only 5 are Ivies.
No question that pedigree is everything so going to a top school absolutely increases your chances of getting a job with a big law firm. That said, not aware of any that pay in the "7 figures" anytime soon after law school graduation.
I see. Say you are lucky enough to get into Yale Law and do well (Top 20% or so) and even land a job at a big law firm in NY, can it be guaranteed that your job prospects will remain plentiful from there on, or does it get more scarce as the years go by. . .
If you don't make partner, you won't get a 7 figure compensation. Most associates in big law start at $160K and up to $280K around the time they are being considered as partners. The attrition rate is extremely high though within the first 6 years.