tintin wrote:I suppose that's true. But when you look through the ranks of SCOTUS clerks (and even COA) and see 15 times more H grads than Penn, it makes you think that maybe coming from Penn it's like one particular person amongst a crowd getting struck by lightning, while coming from H it's like a tall tree in an open field getting struck. Unlikely, but not earth shatteringly unlikely if you do well.
I agree 100% that a HYS grad is much, much, more likely to get SCOTUS. But even coming from Yale (which had the highest placement on the court for the 2009-2010 term, both in raw numbers and percentages) your shot is less than 5%. I guess I just haven't decided yet whether or not, for me personally, I am willing to pay 200K for a less than 5% chance at SCOTUS.
x47point6 wrote:I totally am having this issue with chicago. I don't want to do biglaw, but i want to have the opportunity to have a fighting chance at a SCOTUS/COA clerkship and academia. I liked the atmosphere at Penn a lot more than at chicago but I don't want to shut these doors.
Thoughts on how much this matters in terms of getting these opportunities?
I think a lot of that depends on how much it matters to you to work in academia at a T20 school....I think it is obvious that Chicago will give you a better shot at academia overall; but if you consider working at lower ranked schools then I don't think the difference between Penn and Chicago will matter as much. For example, University of Iowa is ranked 26 in USNWR and less than half of their faculty come from a T10 law school (and many of those are from Mich/Penn)
Basically, I think it will be much easier to accomplish pretty much any goal coming from HYS or Chicago than it will be from Penn, but that isn't to say that it will be impossible. But the only reason I haven't already sent in my deposit to Penn is that I am also afraid it will be shutting doors; I don't want to look back on this decision later and have regrets.