Burneo wrote:I feel like that sounds like a silly question, but I'm wondering if those T14s that don't graduate as many who are going into PI work might actually really be actively wanting more who are 100% committed. My undergrad is social work with two years working with an immigration law firm, undergrad internships with PI orgs, so my resume does prove my continuing interest in PI. I'd ideally like to work for the ACLU/SPLC/policy research orgs/similar. GPA 3.9, LSAT 172, non-URM. Trying to figure out if I should bother with Yale-and-lower PI schools and focus on Berkeley/NYU and others who send more to PI, or whether my 100% commitment to PI might make me more attractive to Yale etc. than my stats/non-URM status would otherwise justify? Hoping there are folks who can give me some insight into whether being totally committed to PI would make me more attractive to T14s that don't seem to send as many to PI. Related question -- does not sending as many to PI mean maybe there aren't as many PI opportunities at those schools? Thanks for any insight anyone can offer.
(1) I don't think it'll give you much of an advantage except at the margins.
(2) All T14s have plenty of PI opportunities. Some are better than others in nuanced ways. One thing that I advocate to aspiring PI law students is the value of experiential learning. Some schools (like CLS) allow you to earn up to 30 non-graded credits of experiential learning (externships, field work, clinics, etc.) (83 credits req to graduate) others offer much less.