jbagelboy wrote:Abl, I agree this thread is dead but explain that to us. Median at both schools will summer at some good firm. #1 at both schools can do whatever they want, probably COA-> scotus -> fellowship or lit boutique. Bottom person at both is most likely either at a very unselective firm or unemployed. I see zero difference in individual outcomes at those levels. The distinction occurs in murkier places in ranges.
I disagree. Outcomes across the board are somewhat murkier than this (especially for unicorn jobs).
It's simply my assertion--and it should not be a controversial one--that #1 at HLS tends to have a marginally wider array of options than #1 at CLS, median at HLS tends to have a marginally wider array of options than median at CLS, and last at HLS has a marginally wider array of options than last at CLS. I think we would agree that the "marginally wider array of options" available to both last at CLS and last at HLS aren't great, and that folks somewhere between last in the class and median generally end up in very similar places (and that #1s generally end up in similarly awesome places). That doesn't mean that HLS = no advantage. I think it's pretty self-evident that HLS is going to serve as a tiebreaker for two otherwise similarly situated candidates, and this effect is only enhanced by the marginally better in-school opportunities open to HLS kids. The question is not whether
there is a difference across the board--it's in what circumstances that difference justifies paying more to go to Harvard (and how much more).
Finally, in response to a different poster, there are absolutely job opportunities only advertised to students at HLS. There are also job opportunities only advertised to students at CLS. From what I've seen, these school-specific sorts of opportunities tend to be the "best" outcomes (at least at top schools). I'd imagine that just about every law school has some unique options--often coming from alums, folks connected to professors, etc. But because the top schools tend to have the most connected profs, alums doing the most interesting work, most desirable students, etc, it's self-evident that better schools will tend to have more and better of these sorts of options available. (I saw some of this my 3L year, but the majority of the unique options I've seen have come in post-clerk hiring.) Once again, it's debatable how big of a difference this is between HLS and Columbia--two schools that are very similarly excellent (and how much of a COA difference this marginal increase justifies).