Rand M. wrote:
Using a denominator of total students assume that the number of students across schools looking for placement in elite biglaw (or whatever you want to call it) stays constant? Considering the number of NYU kids going to work in equally elite PI jobs (or the number of Chicago grads moving on to clerkships), doesn't this metric seem a little flawed to you?
If this weren't consistent with everything else we know then I would be more inclined to buy that line of thinking. However, every scrap of data supports it. Lawyer/Judge Assessments, national portability, etc. NYU is a great school, it's just that the two schools have different strengths that matter to different people. If you wanted PI I think you might be considered silly to pick Chicago (if for nothing else than the resources and advantages being so much more well developed at NYU.
+1. It's not a perfect metric, but I think it's as least as likely to favor NYU as Chicago. Chicago has a larger chunk of students pursuing prestigious clerkships and academia, and I'm inclined to think the difference more than makes up for the chunk of students who self-select into prestigious PI at NYU.
TBF, if someone was interested in PI, I'd recommend going to NYU for the LARP and the reasons Rand stated. Anything else, though, and I think Chicago is TCR. Of course, the "feel" of each school should play into your decision, but I'm just speaking from strictly a placement vantage point.