The opening paragraph of what seems to mock a Craigslist ad, states, “we do not hire law school graduates from Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia or any other institution of the highest tier schools.”
Adam Leitman Bailey, a law firm with its satellite office in one of New York City’s Burroughs, is receiving constant claims of rejecting the legal community’s most elite fresh meat out of college. But one principle of the real estate law firm is the practice of allowing graduates from non-Ivy League law programs to be a part of the firm. The legal team at Adam Leitman Bailey agrees that a majority of non-Ivy Leagues stem from a “middle or lower class upbringing” and are “more hungry and more ambitious” than Ivy Leaguers.
The formula is identical of any candidate that desires employment in any admired profession – internships.
Future hires can either enter as part- or full-time status and after a semester – and a performance review – the firm makes a permanent hiring decision.
Adam Leitman Bailey’s itemized rant on why he refuses Ivy Leaguers and the benefit of hiring second tier and lower law school graduates:
“I admire the top ranking law schools of this country. They attract some of the smartest students from the top colleges and universities with the highest LSAT scores. Among our senior staff, we have Ivy League graduates. So why are we not hiring from the best credentialed law students in the world? First, the top students from these law schools have no interest in applying for a job at our firm. Secondly, many of these law schools either fail to rank their students or do not even grade them at all. (1) Ergo, the students have no incentive to work hard and learn when they have guaranteed summer associate positions and guaranteed job offers. Their students typically have no incentive to get the best grades in their classes. They also have no incentive to squeeze as much learning as possible out of the law school experience. Most importantly, the real world simulation of dealing with the pressures of a case or deal may be removed when the students do not need to compete for a job in a difficult market.”
“Third, no matter how mediocre the student’s performance, the statistics show that almost every large law firm offers all of the summer associates full time jobs. In order for the top law firms to attract the brightest students they must also show that in past years all of the candidates received job offers. Failure to get an offer practically requires an obscene action or complete breakdown such as at a firm social outing. Fourth, these students may become a United States Supreme Court Justice or a future President of the United States so political theory and international law and classes on capital punishment may be extremely important to them. However, we need our street lawyers ready for battle and taking trial practice, corporations, tax, civil procedure and any real estate and litigation course offered.”
The article further depicts a solid demographic of top students from other schools because of a revenue sharing system, which generates revenue for one-third of the hours they logged in. This, in turn, ignites a motivation within Adam Leitman Bailey’s legal team regardless of years in the profession or their valuation in monetary respects. At the end of the day, what strikes future hires the most is to saturate their educations and merit into a competitive market.
Kathryn Rubino’s objection to Adam Leitman Bailey’s policy can be looked over HERE.
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