thegrandbudapest1 wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:46 pm
This might be a stupid question...but I frequently see people advising top 5-10% students from CCN not to transfer to HYS because those grades will likely get them to the same places (big fed, top big law, elite PI, etc.). I'm not interested in transferring, but was wondering how true this is post-big law- since we don't include our grades and ranking on our resume, wouldn't our credentials after year 1 pretty much just be our work experience?
Even if hypothetically one is #1 at Columbia and then chooses to work at a non-Cravath firm that theoretically median can also get (no offense to median!!), how would the grade advantage manifest itself when compared to the rest of the pool later on, when one strives for post-big law unicorn PI opportunities, for example? Wouldn't HYS median still crush a Columbia #1 in this case?
No. Even if employers never look at your transcript again after you graduate (which is not the case, to my understanding, for some time—I know, for example, that some competitive jobs will continue to look at transcripts of people 5+ years out), having top grades at Columbia gets you two things: honors, and connections.
For honors, top students get Kent. If you get Kent all three years, you become a “Ginsburg Scholar.” There’s also a prize for the student with the top GPA. All of those honors will be on your resume your entire career.
More importantly, when you transfer you lose all your connections with professors and staff. This really hurts your chances at obtaining the more prestigious clerks hips, which can be far more important than grades in getting a competitive job later in your career.
And most importantly, the difference between Columbia and HYS for prestige is small. Seriously, unless you’re 100% gunning for legal academia, you’re going to be on the same footing as a HYS grad the vast majority of the time. You aren’t going to be interviewed by a HR rep who thinks Harvard is a mythical gem. You’re going to be interviewed by an attorney who has worked with peers from all of these schools, and who knows that people from one top school are no more competent than people from another.