Tanicius wrote:A. Nony Mouse wrote:Desert Fox wrote:
Law school doesn't teach you shit.
Who says you go to a specific law school for the education? Why shouldn't someone in PI get the benefits of going to the school that provides more options? (The "just" in that sentence is really obnoxious.)
This is the more important point. Lots of PI orgs select from top schools and use it as a means to separate the wheat resumes from the chaff resumes. A talented person for a specific PI job at a lower school is fighting an uphill battle. In that situation, the job probably goes to a candidate with less aptitude and drive for the work who just wants it for the future lateral opportunities. It's not how it should be, and it's not how I'd hire, but that's how it is for a lot of jobs. Without PSLF, I would not have gunned for pubdefense at a T-14, and neither would I have put all my eggs in the scholarship basket at a T-25. The PD hiring track was ultra competitive this year, and it was because PSLF meant that lots more qualifies people could aim for it.
There are a lot of PI jobs that are only accessible to people from very elite schools. My job is one of those. If the DOJ, State Dept, UN, and elite NGOs continue to only recruit from top schools (and let's face it, they will) and there is no PSLF, then only the very wealthy will be able to accept those jobs. Given that a lot of the elite jobs put people in very powerful positions to shape policy and laws affecting everyone, personally I think it's a little scary if those jobs can only go to the wealthy.