I know that if I were making hiring decisions, I'd probably hire the kid from the higher-ranked school even over someone I know well.
This thread seriously has me about to cry. I made top 20% and a secondary journal at at T25 and instead of feeling like celebrating my 1L successes, I have never felt like more of a failure in my life. And Matthies, I understand the importance of networking, and obviously you and your friends have been successful. But for anyone interested in public interest or government, I don't think that's going to help much. It might give you a tiny leg up over a similar candidate but it's not like going on a bunch of lunches and informational interviews with people is going to get them to overturn hiring freezes just for me, especially when ITE they could probably get themselves an HLS grad if they did need anyone. I know that if I were making hiring decisions, I'd probably hire the kid from the higher-ranked school even over someone I know well.
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