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Old 12-10-2017, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
Sure, but being well versed in behavioural economics Iíd like to point you to the famous work by Kahneman and Tversky in 1979 where it was found that people consistently overweight small probabilities while narrow framing their expected outcomes.

Itís a well studied and empirically verified phenomenon which explains why so many people buy the lottery in the hopes of winning a big jackpot when statistically their chances of striking it big are one in the next thousand generations or so of their family bloodline.

The chances are so infinitesimally small that it is all but irrelevant for the NUS/SMU grad, even if they graduated at the top of their class. Even the Latham partner someone posted elsewhere in the thread did his LLM at Harvard straight after his nus undergrad did he not? And even so, letís be honest, Latham is no Cravath, Sullivan or Wachtell is it?

Far too often people point to these stats and say someone went to CC, why canít I? And these would be highly ambitious undergraduates who have probably graduated at the top of their JCs and feel the world is their oyster. Yet, realise that everyone in law school is thinking exactly as you are, and is equally accomplished to have got in. The one percent of the one percent is a frighteningly small figure that is well in the range of the small probabilities that people overestimate in the study I have cited above.
To add one, a quick search has shown no one on LinkedIn with a NUS or SMU law undergrad at any of the top 3 US firms. MC might be in reach, but Iím afraid that the top of the too US firms are out except for the exceptional few (and again, I do mean exceptional in every sense of the word, graduating in the Top 5% of the class is not exceptional by any stretch, impressive yes but not a cut above(

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