Originally Posted by bslo
I think you misread what I wrote. I wrote that Yale's smaller size helps with USNews, which is undeniably true. The USNews factors are biased towards smaller schools. This is obviously separate from whether Yale's smaller size helps in other respects (particularly those not considered by USNews, such as quality of job opportunities). I also wrote that Yale is clearly #1, so I'm not sure how you're disagreeing with me regarding judges and law firms. My point is that the Internets tend to exaggerate the dominance of Yale, as evidenced by the "Yale or fail" idiocy. The USNews methodology is deeply flawed, so your criticism of the law firms ranking should be seen in that context.
I have a lot of experience with faculty hiring committees. Any marginal difference between Yale vs. Harvard and Stanford (and maybe Chicago) is, theoretically, easily bridged by other differences between candidates (such as other advanced degrees and scholarly potential).
Bottom line: my point was one about degree, to which you really didn't respond.
yes, my edit to that post was contemporaneous to your reply--but in the end, i don't think we're in disagreeance here (also I think i misread your post originally)
in any case, pretty sure yale or fail, esp as used by lord barrington ITT, is shits&giggles and not exactly a truism to which 0Ls adhere. so that's fine.
at the same time, in terms of dominance, while not yale or fail, still, hard to argue with the numbers, especially in fed clerkships or faculty hiring. Of course, there's definitely a degree of self-selection, but I'm not sure that's the only thing that's going on here.