midnight_circus wrote:True enough, I am a 0L. Accusing me of ignorance is vastly different than accusing me of being disingenuous, and a criticism I am more than happy to accept.
ETA:I just looked it up to make sure I wasn't too far off-base and (although they were simply meant as examples and we really do not need to continue arguing about this) according to LST score reports, Harvard's employment score is 87.1% and Duke's is only 85.3%. As an ignorant 0L, I stand by my statement that my ug was worth that 2%.
Except it's not 2%. For a lot of students, the question is whether the school is worth $150k or $200k of student debt. To repay that, you pretty much need biglaw (or a strong LRAP program).
Coming from Duke, you have about a 60% chance of biglaw, while at Harvard, you have around a 90-100% chance (if you want it). I'm oversimplifying things, obviously, but there's way more than a 2% difference between these schools. Both are great law schools, but you'd need to say your UG experience was worth 40% or so. That's a sizable chunk. As they say at H, "straight P's = 160G's." Get too far below median at Duke, and you're in shaky territory.
That said, this is a pointless discussion because given your profile, you're a lock at H and as close to a lock at YS as one can possibly be. You're YSH-bound unless you opt for a full scholly at CCN or something. Again, it's easy to say you'd be content with a lower T14 + awesome undergrad experience (versus YSH + less awesome undergrad experience) when you haven't been through OCI yet.