Desert Fox wrote:1) I agree no more than CLS
2) Only for corporate lawyers. Litigators are fucked, HYS or otherwise. I'm sure there are HYS alumni sucking cock in Boston for a ROG response jerb after Goodwin pwnd them.
Disagree. There are obviously worse case scenarios out of everywhere, and probably no class year at any school truly has 0% underemployment, but I don't know a single litigator out of my HYS law school who didn't end up somewhere pretty legit post-biglaw. Sure, it's all anecdotal, but are there numbers for this? If not, my experience as a litigator is that the lateral market for biglaw litigator refuges isn't as great as it is for biglaw transactional refugees, but that there are nevertheless still plenty of decent opportunities open for someone with some flexibility. My intuition would be that there will be more opportunities for a HYS lateral than a Columbia lateral but I can't personally attest to that (nor, I assume, can you).
This is somewhat beyond the point as I don't think anyone is really arguing that the reason to go to Harvard over Columbia is so that when you wash out of biglaw you'll have a softer fall. For someone who plans on giving biglaw the ol' college try, Collumbia with substantially less debt is probably TCR. The point previously made re biglaw exit options had more to do with how big of a burden biglaw debt is -- and I do feel confident in saying that a top 6 law school litigator biglaw refugee is generally going to be able to find an acceptable non-biglaw job that pays sufficiently to service a fairly large debt load. The exceptions to this are going to be mostly for people who are personally unpleasant or horrendously unprofessional. And I'm not sure that's something that's worth hedging over.
Incidentally, are you in law school now? What's your background? You talk about this all too confidently and using too many absolutes to actually have any real years of practice under your belt. Apologies if I'm wrong.