myspiritanimal wrote:I agree with this to a point (and have seen this play out with regard to my small undergrad--I even used to say the same thing on tours), but I don't think it holds as well in this case (I'm literally only talking about DC and then DC with a focus on BigGov). That's I guess what I was trying to get it with my own success rate with calling H alums. It's not like an S alum would've or could've done more for me than chat with me, meet with me, pass along my resume, and give me advice. But because I was calling a bigger pool, I had more options.
Perhaps the question is whether more, slightly looser bonds are better than less, slightly stronger bonds. (This assumes, of course, that the strength of bonds reflects the size of alumni bodies.) Maybe, in your case, the former was better.[/quote]
That question was answered by the poster to whom you responded, who suggested that HLS grads were willing to do whatever they could to help in his or her job search. In other words, the only basis for differentiation was the size of the network, not the strength of bonds w/ alums.
I had a similar experience in the context of clerkship hunting (which I assume is basically equivalent to BigGov for our purposes). Fellow HLS alums were almost always willing to talk, give advice, and many pushed my resume in front of their judge. The size of the network helped get me in front of more judges than if I was applying from a school with a smaller network. As others have noted, though, geography will definitely play a role in the decisionmaking process.[/quote]
It wasn't, actually. He found alums to be helpful, but he didn't (and couldn't) measure the level of helpfulness against that of SLS. Same goes for you. I'm sure you found alums helpful, but that's not to say that SLS alums wouldn't do more for an SLS grad.
I'm not arguing either way. I think it's an interesting question, and one that definitely wasn't (and probably cannot be) conclusively answered.[/quote]
Obviously we're drawing different conclusions from the text of the same post. In any case, I agree with you that it's an interesting question and that there may not be a definitive answer.