Wednesday, November 10, 2010
- The traditional law firm hiring model (pedigree and grades) doesn't do a very good job of selecting candidates who are likely to succeed as large firm litigators or corporate lawyers.
- The traditional credential-based model is gradually being dismantled because clients are no longer willing to absorb the cost of bad hiring decisions.
- The skills and behaviors you need to set yourself apart are not taught in law school -- indeed, your typical law professor is completely unqualified to serve as your jungle guide. ...
Obviously, beyond intelligence as applied to legal doctrine, many of the attributes needed for success in the "new normal" legal economy are not attributes emphasized in law school. Virtually all law professors were vetted based on a world where academic credentials really mattered. As a group, law professors are ill-equipped for the changes that are occuring.
In reality, national law schools owe their place in the law school hierarchy to the allegiances of legal employers. When employers start looking elsewhere for recruits, a new hierarchy will emerge -- one based on educational quality, as perceived by employers, and connection to the profession. That day is not too far off.