JamMasterJ wrote:CLS/NYU are equal(ish) to H for NYC big firm hiring. No one says that one or the other is equal to H for other things. The difference between H and YS has more to do with the options available to the bottom of the class at the other two as opposed to H.
I'll never understand why people parrot this thinking with so much authority. Anyone who has been through EIP at any of HYS will tell you that "bottom of the class" is not an indicator of how its going to turn out. In general, if you strike out at any of HYS you probably would have struck out at the others (Yes, people strike out at Y).
Right, but in general, given the way the three schools differentiate their class profiles (Yale apparently being able to hit a 177/3.97 median and SLS being very ambivalent about numbers) you will probably have a noticeable difference in the resumes of those who are at the bottom of the class at these schools in favor of YLS/SLS. And thus likely a better outcome when in this situation.
Now, of course, this assumes it is the students who decide their outcome but we all realize it is a combination of your schools reputation and what you do.
So I think there is a definite downside to the large class size of HYS and we at TLS are somewhat risk averse which perpetuates the YSH but it will always be YSH, not HCCN or YSHC.
The one pro that I think would make me decide HLS over YS would be that if you are at the very top of your class at HLS, you should feel pretty great about your options relative to someone at the very top of their school at YS. For some, this trumps every other consideration and I could see people picking HLS for this reason.
As far as NYC biglaw is concerned though, CLS/NYU are basically equal to HLS. That part seems true, +/- the fact that the best candidates from HLS likely don't venture into those type of jobs but it is still very close as far as their placement is concerned.