Article gifted so should be accessible.
Article on how important undergrad is in Supreme Court clerkship selection. While interesting reading, it is not relevant to the vast majority of students/parents on these pages. However, some other data out of the study does seem relevant to the debate about the importance of undergrad in law school admissions.
"The study, which considered 22,475 Harvard Law graduates, took account of three data points: where they went to college, whether they qualified for academic honors in law school (graduating cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude) and whether they obtained a Supreme Court clerkship.
About half of the graduates had attended one of 22 selective undergraduate institutions, and more than a fifth of the graduates had gone to college at Harvard, Yale or Princeton."
Put into numbers, out of a class of about 550 members, on average approximately 275 came from 1 of 22 colleges and over 110 came from HYP. While in the latest class profile, HLS boasts class members coming from 174 different undergrad institutions, these 22 selective colleges and particularly HYP over indexed acceptances to the extent that you cannot reasonably infer that it is only due to correlation.
I highly doubt that Harvard is an outlier here, especially among the private law schools with the top public law schools over indexing in in-state students but still over indexing from elite undergrad.
IMO, if a T14 law school is a goal for your kid, and they have a choice between a good but not elite undergrad program vs an elite program, it is not a simple “go with the cheaper undergrad and save for law school” formula since “where you go undergrad doesn’t matter”. It does matter and it is a question of whether or not the investment in the higher cost institution is affordable or worth it to your student and family.