kwais wrote: grapefruits wrote:
kwais wrote:OP, congratulations. However, I am a little confused about the advice in this thread. If the choice was Stanford v. Duke, costs equal, everyone would say Stanford because the employment outcomes (biglaw, not just academia/clerkships) are far better. Yet, because Duke is free, everyone seems to be implying that the Duke will get you wherever you want to go. The cost of Duke does not change the fact that once you are there, your chance of doing IP stuff in NYC is still only about 50-60% (OP has not said that they are IP secure, we are talking about entertainment here).
So, my point, choose Duke for monetary reasons if you wish, but do not conflate money with prospects the way much of this thread has.
Ehh. Getting the Mordecai lets future employers know that you were an HYS candidate. You won't get a better education at Stanford. Employment prospects for duke grads and Mordecai scholars actually are different. Of recent duke scotus clerks, I'm pretty sure most, if not all, were Mordecai scholars. My advice is to not take any advice from tls at face value. There are a lot of people who just present opinions as fact.
I think you overestimate what employers will assume. More importantly, I guarantee all of those SCOTUS clerks at Duke still aced their exams, which OP will still have to do in order to have the sort of outcome that puts him/her where she/he would've been at Stanford. Again, I think Duke is a fine option here, as long as it comes with the acknowledgment that life in law school and in the job hunt will be more stressful.
Nope. Disclaimer: I'm not a partner at a big IP firm, so
I can't give first-hand insight into what firms think about a highly prestigious scholarship used to lure the top students away from HYS, but I'm guessing that if people know what the Mordecai is, they know what kind of students are offered them. That being said, being selected for a Mordecai is Duke's vote of confidence that you will finish in the top 10% of your class, and seeing how LSAT score corresponds almost perfectly with 1L performance, and being admitted at Stanford and selected for a Mordecai means you probably scored in the highest bracket, I bet you'll do fine; not to mention, OP will have a much easier time out performing Duke students than Stanford students.
ETA: except now I see that you got a 166, so I'm going to recommend Stanford, because neither school is going to be a cakewalk for you, and placing in the bottom half of your class at Duke is likely to present a problem for you. I had never heard of anyone getting a Mordecai with under a 170 before.