Bronck wrote: jd5 wrote:
soj wrote:If your financial situation changes, your scholarship at HLS could also change. Your scholarship might be reduced, for instance, if you work in biglaw over your summers.
Someone brought up using the Rubenstein for a prestige bump in the job search. I talked to some Hamilton fellows, and they said listing the Hamilton on the resume was marginally helpful at best, and many interviewers (especially older ones) didn't even know what it was. The faculty mentoring and other non-financial benefits are apparently pretty lame, too. The prestige associated with the Rubenstein, which is new and could be discontinued after next year, is a non-factor. The only reason to take a named scholarship is the money.
I don't think this is quite fair. As someone else has noted, if you put "Full-Tuition Merit Scholarship" in parentheses after Hamilton/Rubenstein, your interviewer doesn't need to have heard of it to know that it's prestigious and likely means you were offered admission at at least one of HYS.
(Full disclosure: I'm considering taking the Hamilton over HLS, so maybe I'm biased.)
No. Even then it doesn't make much of a difference.
Bronck, what are you basing that on (e.g., having talked to Hamiltons)? I'm genuinely interested, as I'm still on the fence between Hamilton/HLS.
Even if it makes only a marginal difference, as soj insists, you also have to consider how big the prestige gap is itself. Obviously the lay prestige gap between CLS/Chicago and HYS is pretty big, but among lawyers/judges -- especially in the Chicago market, for UChi, and the NYC market, for CLS -- it can't be as big as people on TLS make it out to be. Sure, the 2L job search is heavily focused on 1L grades, at which point Hamilton/Rubenstein on a resume becomes only marginally helpful, but that's true even for people at HYS, no? Grades are marginally less important at HYS because of name brand and because the grading system is confusing, but that marginal advantage to HYS may be at least partially neutralized by having Hamilton/Rubenstein on your resume. It's not like median students at HYS get better jobs than students toward the top of the class at CCN; prestige only goes so far. Right?
Again, I'm just a 0L trying to make my own decision, so pushback is welcome.