CapHillLove wrote:Maybe my question doesn't have a good answer and that's why it was ignored... but I'll try one more time:
Someone mentioned DoJ, but can anyone expand on Chicago's reputation in D.C. among non-profit, government and other public interest employers? Is it basically a "go to the best-ranked school you get into" thing or do some schools in the top 10 have better public service reps than others?
I know the PI issue has been discussed and that NYU and Boalt seem to be pretty know for it, but what about Chicago? Does its reputation as a conservative school apply to the law school and does that affect job prospects and liberal-leaning orgs?
In doing a lot of reseach into law schools before deciding on Chicago, I've never heard anyone refer to Chicago as being conservative-- unless having a few conservative faculty members and come conservative students qualifies you as conservative (by this token Stanford would also be "conservative"). Maybe Chicago would be more ideologically balanced than Berkeley or NYU?
However, I've heard that because of Chicago's not-quite-as-good LRAP in comparison with NYU, Berkeley, and others, as well as historically trending to place into academia, clerkships, and BigLaw, but not as much into PI, it is not associated with PI in the minds of many.
This doesn't mean that going to Chicago would stop you from getting a PI job.