DaleCooper wrote:I really don't buy into the TLS dogma that Georgetown is a "lesser" T14 at all... the full-time students have the same numerical quality as MVPD, and the education itself certainly isn't any different. If I'm a recruiter, I'm going to be just as impressed by a Georgetown grad as a Penn or Duke or Northwestern grad, all else being equal.
This is probably true, but it's not the primary determinant of placement power within the T14. It's what distinguishes the T14 from the T50, but it's not what explains the differences amongst the non-HYS T14.
If you're a recruiter in NY, say at CSM/S&C/DPW, you might very well think of Duke, Northwestern, and Georgetown as fungible. So you might purchase 40 interview slots at each, send a couple of recruiters to each, and tell each group of interviewers to extend a total of 10 callbacks to people within the top 1/4 of the class. You don't care that Georgetown has 2-3x as many people that need jobs--the schools are totally fungible to you. You're job as a recruiter is to pick up all the (rare) HYS grads you can, use CLS/NYU grads to really fill in the bulk of the summer class, and pick up a few from each of the other T14 for variety and to appease the couple of partners at the firm from each of those schools.
If you're a recruiter in Chicago, say at K&E, you do the same thing, except you replace U Chicago/Northwestern for CLS/NYU. You'll pick up all the HYS grads you can, but U Chi/NU will comprise the bulk of your summer class.
If you're a recruiter in DC, say at Wilmer Hale, you can fill your class with HYS grads! You'll hire a bunch from Georgetown and UVA because they're the hometown schools, but you don't go very deep into either, because you don't have to. You can pick from amongst the tippy-top of the class at those schools and the rest of the T14 because you don't have very many spots to fill, and LR kids at all of those schools are dying to work for you.
So yes, if you're a kid from Seattle looking to go back, and will be getting your job by mailing firms back home, Georgetown and Duke are totally fungible. A recruiter will see them as equal. But that's not how most students get their jobs at T14's. They get them through OCI, and that's what kills GULC. I think my year (OCI 2010), the average GULC-er had 9 interviews. At NU it was 14, and we thought it was a disaster.