crackberry wrote:The only place Columbia is a peer with Stanford is East Coast BigLaw, where Chicago (and NYU in NYC) is also a peer to SLS.
Tell me, if you really wanted a prestigious clerkship, a hard-to-get government gig or some sort of "elite" PI job, would you really pick CLS over SLS with $$ being equal? I doubt it, and if you did, you'd be making a dubious choice.
Granted, TLS has an obsession with NYC and DC BigLaw so if that's the only thing that matters to you, then sure, pick CLS over SLS.
I, personally, would choose CLS over SLS (but I did not even apply to any west coast schools so I guess I don't count). However, I think most people would say that it would be dubious to pick HLS over YLS for the highest levels of clerkships, top fed jobs, and elite PI. However, everyone sees HLS and YLS as basically peers. Furthermore, is there evidence of a major difference between SLS and CLS in federal clerkship, fed job, and academic placement. From looking at Leiter data there doesn't seem to be that profound a difference. I think if you are interested in working on the East Coast (which includes probably well over half of the nations top legal jobs) CLS is a reasonable peer of SLS. Thats not to say SLS is usually not a better choice (it probably is) but that CLS is closer to SLS than it is to NYU. I never suggested that "peer" meant "equal." I think SLS:CLS is like YLS:HLS but thats probably a bit too generous to CLS but still not totally off.