jbagelboy wrote: nerd1 wrote:
jbagelboy wrote:us news is a commercial survey magazine. it doesn't report anything real
So anything a commercial survey magazine reports is unreal?
us news and world report is not a reputable magazine. its like quoting hustler.
Bagel you may not agree with the way USNWR does their ranking but they do compile a lot of hard data about schools, and credit where credit is due: that hard data can be useful. This actually raises an interesting question - why are the numbers so different? My guess is the USNWR number includes later clerkships (e.g., a second clerkship or one after a year as an associate), whereas the LST numbers just include post-graduation clerkships. In some sense the former number is more useful: think of how many SCOTUS clerks are second or third-time clerks (read: all).
Getting back to OP, honestly I think that the stats argument is way overblown. You can do literally anything as a graduate of either of the schools, and the placement difference is a few percentage points at most. For example, in bagel's placement chart Stanford is the best, but Harvard is #3 (Yale is #5, by the way). Earlier in the thread it was said that "only stanford really stands out among them in other [i.e., besides biglaw] measurable ways," but if clerkship numbers are the only thing to support that, I'm not convinced. What's far more important are things like fit (e.g., large school vs. small school), geography (e.g., East Coast vs. West Coast), and career interests (e.g., tech startups vs. DOJ). For example, since OP is from the midwest, maybe see what percentage of each class goes to IL or MI, and contact some hiring partners in good Chicago firms to get their opinions?