We’ve spent the last few decades building up a series of myths about legal education. I’d like to take a moment to deconstruct a few of them.
1. The law school from which a lawyer graduated is a relevant and reliable indicator of his or her quality.
This is the pedigree myth. Law firms for years have used “law school reputation” as a handy shortcut to avoid the hassle and expense of actual hard-nosed assessments of a candidate’s qualifications and potential. I’ve met lawyers from schools at the “top” and the “bottom” of the traditional rankings, and I’ve not . . . [more]