« on: September 07, 2008, 05:40:33 PM »
You're smart. I bet you have already seen Harvard's numbers and should know if or where you fall within their numbers.
Did you read the case in Crim where the guy fell asleep in his truck in his own driveway, with a bunch of empty beer cans on the passenger side?
Claimed he was mad at his wife or something and went out there to drink, then passed out.
He got off because they couldn't prove whether he was coming or going. No way to infer the driveway was the end of his trip rather than the beginning.
People get off all the time. What's the citation for that case? Whether the drunk was at the end or the beginning of his "trip," it would seem that the drunk still made or was about to make a "trip."
i suspect that it is Walek v. Commissioner of Public Safety, 361 N.W.2d 482 (Minn.App., 1985).
The statistician in me is skeptical. 14 hundredths of a point with those small sample sizes is pretty insignificant.
There is also the expectation factor. The UT students expects things to be the best, whereas the Wesleyan student says "oh, really? we have a library? better than I expected--I'll give it a 5." Besides, what are these students comparing their law school experience to?
Note that they are surveying STUDENTS and NOT graduates.
Far more accurate to survey them a couple years post graduation.
I agree that expectations plays a big role. Many of the UT people were likely either wait listed at T14 or chose UT over T14 because of cost/location. They have expectations of biglaw and a certain degree of national mobility. By contrast, most people at SMU probably did not even apply to T14 and are happy as long as they get any job in the Dallas area.