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William T. Wilson

Oh, and KC, the only thing reprehensible about the legal profession is lawyers at very large law firms who will routinely stoop to every means possible to “win” a large case, so the rich can stay richer, while acting as pure as the driven snow. Remember the sexual history questions in the tobacco suits? Stop reading from the Republican Party’s daily talking points and come join the rest of us in the real world. Thirty years as house counsel, and I actively managed litigation for all but five years of it, and I can count on one hand the number of “frivolous” suits I encountered. Under the Republican standard for “frivolous litigation,” Brown v. Board of Education would have been dismissed and Thurgood Marshall sanctioned.

William T. Wilson

Very interesting; as corporate counsel who has seen attorneys bills at “elite” law firms skyrocket, I have always wondered why Jim Beasley (a Philadelphia plaintiffs attorney who supposedly drove a bus prior to law school), who went to “ugh” Temple Law School, was routinely able to wipe the floor with supposedly smarter attorneys at Philadelphia’s snob elite, who wouldn’t touch you upon graduation unless you were Coif. If those guys are so damn smart, how come they lose so often? As far as the ethics etc., both sides could use a refresher on Professional Responsibility, as the many sanctions against “white shoe” firms all over the country for things like discovery abuse attest.

By the way, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association did a study to look at correlation between academic credentials and other factors, and partnership at large firms, and did not find very much convincing evidence that being Coif etc. makes you any more likely to be a partner. The study is available at http://www.mcca.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewpage&pageid=614

Deborah Hensler

Thanks, Ed. I was searching for just such data for a piece I'm writing on tort reform. Hopefully, this will stimulate someone to replicate your approach with a larger and broader sample.

KC

Graduates of top law schools don't want to be plaintiff's lawyers because it's disgraceful. As a plaintiff's lawyer, you are a leech and a scourge to society. We don't need lawyers as self-appointed legislatures of "the little guy['s]" self interest.
Sure, a plaintiff's lawyer can make a lot of money. So can a mob boss. They're similarly reprehensible forms of extortion.

recent graduate

as a recent graduate at a top 5 law school... there were no plaintiff firms interviewing. Furthermore, it was "frowned" on, certainly unofficially, perhaps even officially. These were "bottom-feeders" no ethics, no prestige, etc. There was tremendous pressure to interview and go to large law firms in major cities -- from financial (paying off large loans) to "exits" strategy. And yes, all the professors who practiced law, were at major law firms -- enhancing percieved prestige.

Another factor maybe the number of large corporate firm and partner benefactors, naming classrooms, chairs, etc. I doubt these large donors would be happy to know any students were going to "plaintiff" firms.

A former student

Professor Henderson,

I wish I had seen this in Corporations! Interesting posting. I agree with your assertions. I like to use the analogy of working in sales.

Sales jobs based on commission have a lower bar to entry than salaried jobs, with a potential for a high payoff for some, but not for very many. You get paid for performance, or "eat what you kill" as you would say.

But most of us would prefer the guaranteed money of a salary if we can get it, and jump through the hoops we are told to jump through to get it (go to elite school, etc.)

I think good salespeople would probably be good trial lawyers. Unfortunately I am not a good salesman, but I have never really tried. Too risk averse.

And I am assuming (with no empirical evidence) that people in commission based sales positions on average have less of a prestigious background.

Long winded way to agree with your risk aversion assertion.

Lawrence HQ. Liu

very good ideas...and support u!

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