But remember, it's going to be THAT much harder to graduate in the top 1/3 at Hastings as oppossed to any other school.
Although I plan to try to meet my fullest potential (which of us won't try), I could say that if a fluke happens and I do get into Boalt or UCLA or whatever, I definitely wouldn't be near the top of my class at those institutions. I guess I'm not stressed about my class ranking because as of right now it's an unquantifiable stress factor. Focusing on overall good quality education though sounds like a nice driving factor though, right?
FYI, upon further consideration I found out my science background is not good enough for me to be as competitive as I would want to be in the IP field. Looks like as it stands right now, Hastings + Civil Litigation concentration is where I'm headed. Equally as stoked though.
Re New York-- wouldn't the NY market recognize Hastings more than SCU?