Graduates from lower-ranked law schools may have a tougher time getting jobs in larger firms, but tend to land partnership positions in higher numbers. By reviewing partnership data provided by the National Law Journal, Indiana University law professor William Hendrickson determined that graduates from lower-ranked Loyola University Chicago Law School, for example, are six times more likely to become partners than graduates of top-tier University of Chicago Law School, the Careerist reports. Other lower-ranked law schools showing better partnership ratios than certain elite schools include University of Houston, University of Illinois and University of Minnesota Law Schools. Those elite schools with lower ratios than the University of Chicago include Stanford, Cal Berkeley, Penn and Columbia Law Schools, according to the Careerist's report of Henderson's analysis.
The report notes that although it is tougher for graduates of lower-ranked law schools to get hired at BigLaw firms, those who win the opportunity may be more appreciative and ready to prove themselves, quoting Professor Henderson, "The strivers tend to be more concentrated in the regional law schools...being a lawyer is a service job-cleaning up other people's problems, and a lot of people who go to elite schools don't want to do that."
National Law Journal