Wormfather wrote:Just asking, but how much of that low percentage of HYS grads to big law is choice? Also, if you get Yale and mis biglaw, what have you lost with loan repayment kicking in for you?SemperLegal wrote:Wormfather wrote:I think this might be the credited response (especially since I want biglaw)JamMasterJ wrote:CCN and maybe P over H
Maybe CCN over S
None over Y
Then you need to look at this: http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... 1025183138
and not this: http://www.top-law-schools.com/rankings.html
NU w/scholarship is just as good a choice. If you are really looking at biglaw only, than a lot of the HYS edge goes out the window, you are essentially paying the extra 200k for an opportunity that you don't really care for, academia. The only caveat to that is that YS have a softer grading policy, so you are going to have a better time, and have less of a risk.
You should also take into consideration these outcome charts, since they account (better) for selection bias: http://www.law.com/img/nlj/charts/composite.pdf
The way I see it, you are going to be fairly pissed if a huge chunk of your Biglaw salary is going to service a debt that you could have avoided; you will be straight fucked if you don't land biglaw and have that debt.
Really, without any interest in academia, prestige gov, or prestige PI, at HYS you are paying 200k for a safety net if you do ~10% below what you would at some of the lower T14's. I think some of that edge is also eaten up by the more extreme gunners and geniuses that you will be competing with.
Thats why I posted the last link, http://www.law.com/img/nlj/charts/composite.pdf, IMO NJ250+Art III Clerkships+ Gov.+PI is about the closest you can get to finding out how "deep" you can be in the class and get any employment. There is some gamesmanship when it comes to the last two, but for the most part its as accurate as you can get.
So, with that metric, the depth of the classes that have "choice" outcomes:
and, at random:
NU ~ 65% (with an additional huge "Other Firm" and "Business" designation)
Of course, when it comes to the infamous "prestige" HYS have the edge from graduation until retirement (e.g. V-5, Office of Legal Counsel, ACLU, academia), but that nor relevent if you are just gunning for the 160k