Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

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Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby cotiger » Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:53 pm

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the ... ools/#ss-3

They use basically the same methodology as DW-Nominate to score the political persuasions of supreme court justices and then see where the clerks from each school go.

Predictably, Berkeley and NYU are the most liberal; UVA the most conservative.

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby Vincent » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:54 am

This is really really cool.

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby indo » Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:08 am

cotiger wrote:http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-most-conservative-and-most-liberal-elite-law-schools/#ss-3

They use basically the same methodology as DW-Nominate to score the political persuasions of supreme court justices and then see where the clerks from each school go.

Predictably, Berkeley and NYU are the most liberal; UVA the most conservative.

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Great

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby starry eyed » Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:50 am

This will hold soo much weight in my decision....

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby nothingtosee » Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:56 am

So do H and Y have bimodal curves because they send so many clerks out total, whereas only the conservatives look at Penn/UVA grads? Other interpretations?

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby jbagelboy » Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:58 pm

this is basically what I would have expected, with my only surprise being stanford.

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby sundance95 » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:03 pm

nothingtosee wrote:So do H and Y have bimodal curves because they send so many clerks out total, whereas only the conservatives look at Penn/UVA grads? Other interpretations?

Right, this. This data tells us much more about which schools the respective wings of the court will consider hiring from than the politics of the schools themselves.

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby Carter1901 » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:32 pm

Egregious Duke/Cornell trolling.

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby Nebby » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:36 pm

Carter1901 wrote:Egregious Duke/Cornell trolling.


:lol: :lol: :lol:

This is cool data. Thanks for the post, OP.

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby Tanicius » Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:03 pm

jbagelboy wrote:this is basically what I would have expected, with my only surprise being stanford.


Rehnquist must just have been a self-loving sucker for his alam mater.

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby BVest » Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:51 pm

Carter1901 wrote:Egregious Duke/Cornell trolling.


More like UT/Georgetown trolling, unless Duke and Cornell can lay claim to a significant number of the clerks with no law schools listed on this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_la ... ted_States

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby prelawTN » Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:25 pm

jbagelboy wrote:this is basically what I would have expected, with my only surprise being stanford.


Stanford Law has a fairly large conglomerate of alumni in Texas so it's actually not too surprising to me that a high number of their graduates are conservatives. Not that every lawyer in Texas that went to Stanford is conservative but one would think that the majority are

Plus Boalt likely takes most of the hard-leaning lefties

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Re: Conservative v liberal law schools using clerkship data

Postby BearState » Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:00 am

SLS is super liberal; I'd guess ACS/allied groups outnumbers Fed Soc significantly. I think sample size is too small (and SLS too small/too young) to really say this reflects how liberal/conservative the school is.




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