The unaccounted factor: Law school proximity is important for potential partners

Posted on 04-21-2015 by
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Before we chose which college to attend, I bet one thing we took into consideration is which school was the best at the degree I would be working to earn. Sounds like a smart idea, right? According to a new study of partners’ academic pedigree, a large number of graduates who are at top law firms did not necessarily go to top law schools according to the New York Times.

According to a study of 33,000 lawyers at 115 law firms throughout the country found a high correlation between top ranked law schools (such as Yale, Harvard etc.) statuses and the number of their alumni who made partner.

Shocking, right?

The surprise comes when the study revealed that some of the other school showed a bigger difference between their ranking and the number of alumni they had make partner. An example of this can be seen with Suffolk University Law School’s numbers. Despite not nationally ranked, Suffolk had 167 graduates who were partners at top law firms. They trailed only four other schools (two of them being Harvard and Yale) in partner numbers.

Edward S. Adams, a University of Minnesota law professor who co-authored the study, attributed Suffolk’s strong performance to proximity to a major legal market and that it may be a good predictor of “big law” career success.

The study also showed that in Chicago, the partners graduated from Northwestern, University of Chicago and University of Illinois. The study revealed six “mid-tier “schools that had greater partner numbers than other more prestigious rivals: Villanova, Catholic University, Hofstra, State University of New York at Buffalo, DePaul and Loyola.

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