« on: November 28, 2007, 10:39:52 AM »
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Are you ever worried Penn will plunge down the T14 rankings for being "over-rated" or gaming US News? Are you ever troubled by the fact that some people think it is vastly overrated? Do you find any truth in those accusations?
First, let me say I love Penn. I love it to death. I am probably one of the biggest Penn trolls out there.
That said, am I "worried" that Penn will plunge down the T14 rankings as you put? Hell no. What do I have to be worried about? I don't want to clerk, I have job(s) lined up, and firms are NOT up to date with US News enough to know that Penn is #6 now, much less that it might be #8 next year and #7 the next. So, no I am not worried (though, for the record, I also don't think Penn will "plunge" in the rankings. It might drop next year, but it won't "plunge").
Second, I am likewise not troubled by the fact that some people think Penn is "vastly" overrated. Do I think, according to US News, it is overrated? Probably. But that speaks more of my respect for the University of Chicago as a law school and institution in general than it does against Penn. Also, in no way do I think you would be sacrificing by choosing Penn over the University of Chicago, but I think in ways that US News determines its rankings (at least the public part), Chicago should be ranked higher. Penn is not historically a T6, and while it is building its faculty and attracting a top-notch student body, currently Chicago still has a slight edge in these areas and a few more (though I think Penn has some advantages too, of course). But in no way is Penn "vastly" overrated, but I could hear you out if you thought it could go down a spot or so. HTFH.