• Applying as an entry-level associate, your law school will play a greater role in whether or not you are hired.
  • The notoriety of your law school only comes into play again if you choose to lateral.
  • Applicants that go to top-tier law schools are more likely to get an interview regardless of other credentials.

Summary: Considering a lateral move? Learn how much the quality of the law school you went to matters to law firms.

Learn how much the law school you went to matters when you make a lateral move.
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Most attorneys believe that the law school they went to matters a great deal when they are lateralling law firms. Does it? I decided to find out how much it matters by simply tallying BCG interview and placement data from attorneys coming from different law schools. This is a very interesting and likely accurate way to assess how much the law school an attorney attends matters and how seriously the market treats each law school.

This article contains many charts created from BCG interview and placement data. Each chart has a slightly different focal point or emphasis in regards to the issue of how much law school matters for law firm interviews and placements. There are 15 charts located throughout the article, so to help orient the reader as to what can be expected, here is an index of the charts:

OVERVIEW DATA FOR INTERVIEWS AND PLACEMENTS DURING 2015 AND 2016
    
  1. Chart A. Frequency with Which BCG Candidates from Various Law Schools Received Law Firm Interviews in 2015 and 2016
  2. Chart B. Frequency with Which BCG Candidates from Various Law Schools Received Law Firm Placements in 2015 and 2016

DATA RELATED TO LAW FIRM INTERVIEWS IN 2016
 
  1. Chart 1. Percentage of BCG Candidates That Received Law Firm Interviews in 2016 by Law School
  2. Chart 2. Percentage of BCG Candidates That Received Law Firm Interviews in 2016 by Law School, As Weighted for Class Size
  3. Chart 3. Top 10 Law Schools for BCG Candidates That Received Interviews in 2016, Not Accounting for Class Size
  4. Chart 4. Top 9 Law Schools for BCG Candidates That Received Interviews in 2016, Accounting for Class Size
  5. Chart 5. Top 5 Law Schools for Laterals Getting Interviews in 2016 (Accounting for Class Size and Not Accounting for Class Size and Listed on Charts 3 and 4)
  6. Chart 6. Percentage of BCG Candidates That Received Law Firm Placements in 2016 by Law School
  7. Percentage of BCG Candidates That Received Law Firm Placements in 2016 by Law School, As Weighted for Class Size
  8. Chart 8. Percentage of BCG Candidates That Received Law Firm Placements in 2015 by Law School
  9. Chart 9. Top 20 Law Schools for BCG Candidates That Received Placements in 2016, Not Accounting for Class Size
  10. Chart 10. Top 20 Law Schools for BCG Candidates That Received Placements in 2016, Accounting for Class Size
  11. Chart 11. Top 15 Law Schools for Laterals Getting Placements in 2016 (Accounting for Class Size/Not Accounting for Class Size and Listed on Charts 9 and 10)
  12. Chart 12. Percentage of BCG Candidates That Received Law Firm Placements in 2015 by Law School
  13. Chart 13. Top 6 Law Schools for BCG Candidates That Earned the Most Placements in 2015 and 2016