While there will always be firms that consider themselves elite because they only hire people from Harvard or Yale, there are a growing number of students, clients and private practice lawyers who do not consider those firms elite but rather elitist. The premise of the TV show Suits is based on a New York law firm so elitist that it only hires graduates of Harvard Law School and rejects all other applications. No attorney general will be fired for choosing the 100-year-old law firm, despite knowing that in most cases a lot of money will be spent on discovery and then the usual recommendation to reach a settlement regardless of the merits of the case. Another problem Leitman has with pursuing students from the most elite law schools is that students in these schools have full power once they have secured summer associate positions with large law firms.
They're hiring lawyers (or law school graduates, it's been a while since I saw the program, but I don't remember the firm requiring its employees to pass the New York bar exam before being hired), so one should compare Harvard's graduation demographics to the breakdown national law school graduates. Keep in mind that while there is a movement to recognize indirect discrimination (where non-discriminatory policies have unequal effects on protected groups), there are safe havens for discrimination out of necessity, such as following other laws or regulations. For major law firms to attract the brightest students, they must also demonstrate that in recent years all candidates received job offers. News and World Report law school rankings, although the magazine doesn't officially rank schools on “levels.
They have been forced to compete against their peers to rank at the top of their law and university classes. We know that every Fortune 500 general counsel who hires us cares so much about their company that they are willing to take a chance on an unnamed law firm that is aggressive and that may be the best possible option for that company to win the case or close the deal. Gurley is a divorce and family law attorney who has been representing clients in San Francisco and the Bay Area for more than 20 years. For example, BigLaw firms such as Wachtell or Cravath hire *almost* exclusively Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and some law graduates from Columbia and New York University, and some investment banks and other financial firms hire only at Harvard, Wharton, and Princeton (or any combination of the three).
Federal law prevents employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age (40 years or older), disability, and genetic information (including family medical history). Third, no matter how mediocre student performance, statistics show that almost every major law firm offers all summer associates full-time jobs.