March 19, 2012 7:52 PM
The Careerist: Right Resume, Wrong Attitude
Posted by Vivia Chen
The debate is raging about whether graduates of elite law schools are lagging behind their more humble colleagues in climbing the Big Law ladder. I sparked that discussion with my recent post about how graduates of lower-tier law schools are knocking out grads of top law schools in the partnership race (“Too Good for Big Law“).
Of course, William Henderson, professor of law at Indiana University, dived immediately into the discussion. After all, he’s the one who inspired my post in the first place when he told me about his tinkerings with The National Law Journal‘s job data. In The Legal Whiteboard, Henderson expounds on his theory about why elite grads lack the stuff to make it in Big Law. Here are some of them:
1. Law practice is really boring. “Does anyone really believe that the 75 percent of Stanford, Penn, or Harvard grads who start their careers in Big Law have a burning passion to do technical, oftentimes repetitive legal work for the Fortune 500?”
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