A. Nony Mouse wrote:I think when you start parsing perceptions of lay prestige for places like Harvard and Yale you're getting into the weeds.
Also the alumni networks for all these places will be great. Ironically sometimes a slightly smaller network is stronger because the sense of being part of the same community is stronger. I'm sure for any given individual there are decent reasons to pick Harvard or Penn or Columbia over Yale, but the weakness of Yale's alumni network isn't one of them.
That's definitely true, and it's something I've sort of said from the onset that I think a whole myriad of other factors will outweigh something like that. I'm merely curious as to whether such things come into play in law, as they certainly factor in other industries.
The point about a smaller network is actually a good one that I hadn't entirely considered. I didn't mean to say or even imply that Yale has a weak alumni network. I don't even remotely think that. I was primarily questioning whether much larger schools (both in terms of law and *other* programs) or schools that place larger numbers of people into specific industries would enhance the strength of those networks relative to Yale. I'll go with two more specific examples.
If someone wants to work in corporate law focused on tech, maybe one is better served by the alumni network of Stanford than Yale. While Yale is prominent in all fields including comp sci, Stanford seems to be the more prominent one. That could largely be due to geographic proximity.
If someone wants to work in corporate law focused on real estate, maybe one is better served by the alumni network of CLS, UPenn, or Cornell whose alumni from other programs dominate these industries.
Maybe relative strength wasn't the way to phrase it... perhaps industry strength or targeted strength would be better. While my post may have not been as worded clearly as I intended apparently, I think some have read what they wanted to read out of it.
edit: Either way - I do appreciate your remarks on the relative strength of the alumni networks and size, as it is something I didn't initially consider.