« on: October 06, 2010, 11:32:34 AM »
We generally agree on the fact that national schools offer a greater breadth of career prospects than even the best of regional schools. We disagree on the notion that national schools provide a better education. I'm not sure that is true, but I have never attended a national school. For those who have, I'll defer to your wisdom, but I remain skeptical.
I did not get a 180 on the LSAT. I probably never will. If I had, I'm not sure what I would do. I can confidently say that I would NEVER attend Harvard, Yale, NYU, Michigan, UPA, or any other school in a cold weather state. I may have attended either Stanford or USC if I got a full ride... maybe even UCLA. It would have been such a hard choice, though.
I defend my school not because I have some emphatic or misplaced fealty to it. I defend Boyd because I truly hate the notion that T14 or Ivy League schools provide a better education. I think they have just been around longer. It may be, though I don't know this is true, that the schools live on a repuation that was developed and deserved 50 years ago but is no longer warranted. I doubt that because legal professionals would shift their practices in 50 years. I do believe that an old law school like Stanford can offer a comparable education as a younger law school, such as Boyd, but Boyd wouldn't get the respect for at least another 20-50 years. Afterall, Standford was not on par with NYU, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale in the early 70s (so I am told, I wasn't alive then). I am told by Stanford alum that Stanford really became an "elite" law school in the late 70s. Again, I don't know that for sure because I was 2 in 1979. If that is true, however, then it is possible that Boyd will be comparable to UCLA in 20-30 years. That may or may not happen. So, Stanford was a quality school... and offered elite level education long before it developed a repuation for doing so. Because of this lag time in garnering a reputation, it is possible that many T2 schools are now offering fine legal education but do not get the respect of the more "elite" schools. I'm also not sure that reputation and quality always go hand-in-hand.