bk1 wrote:@ that graph: what is this i dont evenorbotop wrote:so it doesn't matter whether you think the prospective student is crazy or ignorant for valuing an opportunity to clerk so highly. he or she wants to do it. who knows exactly why. who cares why. take it as a given and ask what makes sense.
I'm not going to weigh in on the decision since this isn't my school's thread and I'm not an objective party, but I take issue with this. Lots of applicants are ignorant about legal hiring. Even the more informed ones are often just parroting things they have learned from law students and lawyers without doing any critical thinking of their own. Take clerkships for example: a lot of 0Ls value clerkships very highly and seek them out in choosing a school, but only because someone told them they should value them very highly and should seek them out. These same 0Ls haven't thought through why a clerkship is valuable to them and how it fits into their career goals. They also haven't thought through the downsides of clerking ($50k+ in foregone income which is a significant chunk of change for people with $250k+ debt, often moving to some random part of the country for a year, etc). I'm not saying the poster here hasn't thought clerking through, but with this in mind I think it absolutely makes sense to ask "why?" and question 0Ls. Often times the answer behind the facade will merely be that the person is chasing a brass ring because law students and lawyers have told them that clerking is a brass ring.
A thousand times this.
No idea what has led clerkship chances have become such a metric for 0Ls. It makes no sense. Except when you realize that law students are all about brass-ring chasing. It is crazy that despite TLS's best efforts, 0Ls are still generally so ill-informed about what legal hiring is all about.