toothbrush wrote:I agree with Dingbat. However, correlation would show that HYS DOES indeed have better yields for elected office / pres / scotus etc ? Correlation =/= causation but if I wanted any of that I'd look to the correlation?
edit: I don't know if "Better yields" is appropriate. Maybe this whole comment is dumb. Dingbat will surely say soon enough.
I think you're spot on.
Name dropping "Yale" or "Harvard" is always impressive (except for Clarence Thomas), your track record is far more important - having done exceptional things can make up for going to a no-name school, but going to HYS will not make up for not doing anything with your life. Thing is, it's easier to get that track record coming out of HYS than anywhere else.
To put it into perspective, if you go to, say, Brooklyn Lawbear with me here
, you've got to be in the top 10% to be able to get a biglaw job. Even then, it's probably V100, not V5. If you work at a V5, you work on the biggest cases, whereas at the V100, you might not ever work on the type of things that matter for future hiring. So, it's that much harder to get any kind of track record. You're also less likely to work with people who end up in position to help you along the way. If you do get into a policy position (which'll probably take longer), it'll be for a lesser candidate (maybe working for a state representative, rather than a U.S. senator). we can extrapolate further, but you get the point.
Now, the difference between Brooklyn and Yale is huge, but the same is true to a much lesser extent between HYS and the rest of the T14. The better the school, the better your chances of landing that great starting job, the greater your chances of creating those great opportunities. The difference might not be that big, say, between Columbia and NYU, in which case it might be worth it to take the lesser school (NYU) because you feel it's a better fit. But the difference between, say, Chicago and Northwestern*, might be big enough to require serious consideration*I don't actually know much about either of these schools; please no one take offense