Elston Gunn wrote:
jselson wrote:While you may disagree about a, "objectively" b is true.
By this logic, UMontana has objectively better small firm placement than Harvard. Or, more obviously, by this logic Penn has objectively better big firm placement than Yale. 3% is absolutely nothing. If your school has a few more wannabe corporate lawyers at the top of the class or a few more people who absolutely won't work outside of a major city (as is almost definitely true at CLS and NYU vs. Duke and UVA) then you get a 3% difference from self selection.
While I agree with your logic in general, jselson has pointed to a consistent 3% delta over several years, not a single class. chalk it up to school culture or self-selection or whatever, but the data is at least somewhat telling about clerking opportunities; I wouldn't say "go to duke over columbia if you want to clerk", but maybe at least if clerking is your main objective, duke is definitely justifiable relative to cls/nyu.
I'm interested in understanding more nuances about these fed clerkships, but naturally data is scarce; for example, are some clerkships (aside from SCOTUS) more prestigious than others (i.e. lead to better positions after)? pay better? do columbia and nyu have lower clerkship numbers because they have larger class sizes and there's more competition in new york/new england (yale/harvard)? Maybe Duke/UVA percentages are higher due to relative plenitude of openings in that region with fewer peer schools? IDK there are a lot of factors here.