Dignan wrote:crackberry wrote:keg411 wrote:I think it depends what you want to do with politics. I know a 3L Republican at Columbia who has done a ton of political stuff while there. I don't think it would hurt. After all, Bush went to freakin' Yale.
Yeah, but Bush doesn't exactly exude "Ivy League" the way Obama/Clinton do. Also, I think SCOTUS and POTUS are exceptions to this rule, to a certain extent. Look at senators. A definite majority (no time to look up numbers now) of GOP Sens. went to local/state schools, and those that went to law schools often went to the state law school. For instance, I know Shelby and Sessions both went to Univ. of Alabama Law School. Of course, Alabama is a relatively good state law school, but still, I think the point holds.
Obviously there are Republican politicians who went to good schools, but I think it is more common for a Dem to have gone to a good school than a GOPer.
I think the answer here depends on what driveshaft meant by "something political" in PI. If he means running for public office, then I mostly agree with sfdreaming and crackberry. But if he means a political appointment to a prestigious PI job (e.g., solicitor general), then I disagree that going to an elite school will harm a conservative. To the contrary, Republicans seem to have the same T14 bias--for legal appointments and hiring--as do Democrats.
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