Crowing wrote: Also you mentioned you wanted to clerk; I feel like Boalt would make a big difference over USC when it comes to federal clerkships (double the placement on LST).
Choosing between two schools because you are clerkship gunning is like choosing between a T2 and a TTT because you want biglaw. Such a small percentage get them that it's really not a reason to pay more.
I know people generally reject this on TLS, but the curve is going to be flatter and flatter the better the school you go to--and thus your grades will be even more random at higher schools. Both Cooley and Harvard have vastly different student bodies regarding ability, but the students are given law exams of the same difficulty. The Harvard peeps (if they didn't have their modified pass/fail grading) will be getting things only slightly less than perfect and yet fall in the middle of the class grade-wise. When professors are forced to nit-pick in order to force a curve, things get incredibly random and petty.
In essence, there's no feasible way to plan on getting a clerkship, because even at T10 schools, you have to be in the top 10% or better, and you cannot reliably gun for those grades.