mrloblaw wrote:Wrong forum, but td;lr, Chicago's a no-brainer if you get into all of those schools. The drastically smaller class sizes, combined with the fact that it's actually able to compete with the NYC powerhouses on their home turf, is a massive advantage.
Judging by the many
kids in my class at UChi that landed Wachtell, S&C, Simpson Thatcher, Davis Polk etc., I actually think this is is TCR.
Oh lovable pro-Chicago trolling. Based on this thread: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=172119
, I'm not totally convinced the above is true. I know these are accepted offers and not offers extended, but lets just look at them for the sake of argument.
Although there are tons of firms, lets just go through these four.
Wachtell: First even basing a law school choice on your chances to get a job at this firm is stupid, but CLS has the most Wachtell associates of any law school and I have to imagine that NYU would fare better than a U of C candidate all things being equal just because of the ties between the NYU and the firm. Once again, though we are talking at most 2-4 people.
S&C: No evidence in that thread above, but they have pretty severe ranking cut-offs at all three schools that they are loath to violate. Statistically your chances are pretty even at all three if you need to be top 25% to get an offer.
Simpson Thacher: This is where the whole firms go deeper at Chicago thing starts to break down. Columbia didn't send that many, but NYU sent a higher percentage of its 2L class there than Chicago. Meaning that after you adjust for class size, NYU still did "better."
DPW: Chicago is sending 3, while NYU is sending 23 and CLS is sending 16. NYU/CLS are only between 2-3x bigger, yet they are sending almost 8x and 5x more SA's respectively.
Once again, of course this information is skewed because it only reflects accepted offers and Chicago grads don't want NYC as much as NYU/CLS does, but to call it the "no-brainer" choice of CCN based on NYC placement is straight up dumb. I'm not trying to say CLS/NYU are better (I bet if we were able to compare the number of offers extended those would look pretty similar among the three schools), I'm just trying to point out that the whole "Chicago is smaller and firms go deeper so its better" argument doesn't really have that much factual support.