jt1341 wrote: woeisme wrote: Other25BeforeYou wrote:
If you want to go to biglaw in general, I imagine career prospects are about even. If you care about going to a prestigious biglaw firm, Cornell likely has the leg up (http://www.leiterrankings.com/jobs/2008job_biglaw.shtml
You should make sure if you get money from Vandy that you send a copy of the award letter to Cornell. They're usually pretty generous about awarding additional scholarship money.
Except Cornell hasn't really cared about Vanderbilt money. For scholarship bargaining purposes you really need to be negotiating with $ from another T14 or a significant scholly from UCLA or UT.
I dont know why this is still going. T14>Vandy
End of story, even with money the fact is that if you want biglaw T14 is where its at
What's amazing, is categorical statements like this. Is there any objective measure that shows Cornell is a better school than Vandy? Forget money, just straight up. Here's what we empirically know:
Vandy does better in art III clerkships. http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2010/05/us-news-.html
Vandy places better into big law. http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/law%20schools_charts_page12.pdf
Vandy's students have better numbers. http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=128236
More Vandy grads made partner last year at NLJ 250 firms http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202443757022
Now, add that Vandy's tuition is 7k cheaper, plus they give out twice as much scholarship money. Note: I'm not saying Vandy is better (although I think it's the stronger school), but Cornell and Vandy are at least
peers. I concede that the numbers change year to year, but what we know right now is that the evidence does not support that t-14>Vandy. Many schools in the "t-14" have stronger programs; however, the t-14 is, by itself, not a meaningful distinction.
edit: Added links for easier reference