Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Bill Henderson (Indiana) compares where "high-end" plaintiff's trial lawyers (from the Inner Circle 100) and big-firm corporate lawyers (from the Am Law 200) went to law school:
- Plaintiff's Trial Lawyers: 32% from top 25 law schools; 68% from non-elite law schools
- Big-Firm Corporate Lawyers: 64% from top 25 law schools; 36% from non-elite law schools
Bill notes: "[S]ome (or possibly all) of this differential can be explained by the more stable earnings trajectory of corporate lawyers. But I also wonder whether successful trial practice may entail attributes that are not strongly correlated with law school entering credentials (e.g., LSAT and UGPA). For example, effective trial lawyers may have better affect recognition, and thus have a superior ability to size up their adversaries and communicate with a jury."
Is anyone aware of similar data concerning tax lawyers?