The Only Thing That Attorneys Should Consider When Accepting or Leaving a Legal Job

One of the most persistent myths in the legal profession and in society in general is that wealth, titles and success are distributed to people based on intelligence, race, pedigree and other factors. This, however, is not the case. In fact, most people are suspicious of intelligence, race, pedigree, and of people who rely upon these things as “presumptions” for their contribution to society. People who believe that they should be advanced based on these factors often find themselves actually discriminated against because society values something else entirely.
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

What society values is productivity. This article is about the way society values productivity and the reason you should make career decisions based on whether and how much a given career choice will allow you to be productive and contribute to society.

Why do you think productivity is valued over intelligence or class? Should it be that way?
Why Overachieving Personalities Succeed in Law Firms and in Society
Historically, the attorneys I have watched succeed the most are the ones who attended good to exceptional colleges, did extremely well there, and ended up at lower to average-ranked law schools and did exceptionally well there as well. In most cases (certainly not all) these attorneys ended up going to lower-ranked law schools because they did not do well enough on their Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to get into a top law school. However, instead of being discouraged by average LSATs and the relative prestige of their law school, they focused on doing the best they could with the opportunity they were given and as a result came out on top.