RVP11 wrote:quakeroats wrote:Why would you make this decision based on anything other than placement? Clerkship data below:
http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog ... news-.html
You make the decision based on things other than placement when the schools place just about identically. It's like picking law firms; no one picks between Skadden and STB, for example, based on exit opportunities or prestige. And no one should pick among M, V, P, D, etc. based on their perceived chances of a federal clerkship or a BigLaw job.
LOL at a 1.2% difference in ONE YEAR meaning anything. That's like 2-3 people deciding they'd rather take $160k than a district court clerkship in a given year. And clerkship hiring is random - not everyone tries for it, some people only want corporate work, some people could easily get district court clerkships but don't want to move to Kansas for it, etc.
You're splitting hairs here, man. There are tons of things that would be better use of your time than finding placement differences among peer law schools. Leave this stuff to nerdy 0Ls and this one random prof in Cincinnati.
You're arguing in a vacuum. Clerkship data is one piece of the overall picture I've gone over several times. To sum it up:
1. If you want the best career options after law school (New York or D.C. Big Law, California and Texas placement, AIII Clerkships) you should choose Duke over UVA. I haven't looked at government positions, because they don't interest me, but I suspect the trend holds there as well based on what I've heard and read.
2. The differences are much greater when you compare placement at top law firms than AIII clerkships
3. The differences aren't as big as for those choosing Michigan over Duke and UVA. When I compiled my original data of V10 NYC placement, UVA actually does better than its USNWR ranking. Although Duke does even better (around 34 percent), better is better. Michigan has the problem of relying on New York as it's major market and doing worse than its ranking would suggest in placing there. Knowing that you getting more than you should have is fine, even if someone else gets more still. What sucks is thinking you're getting a lot more (Michigan) and getting much less than you thought. To put an even finer point on it: don't go to Michigan.