I actually got into a T2 school, but i'm not sure i want to go there cause it is in Wisconsin. Being an NYC boy, i'm not sure i'll fit in.
I don't know about Marquette or the law school, but there are plenty of New Yorkers in the Midwest. Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin (universities) all have big populations of New Yorkers. I'll admit that here at IUB, there is a little bit of antagonism ("You're all Midwest hicks!" vs. "You're all a bunch of pompous jerks!") but it's not bad. I'm down to IU-Bloomington and Marquette, and if I didn't absolutely love Bloomington and IU, having been here for three years, then I would have settled on Marquette for the sports law program a long time ago.
As for the original post, I agree on a few things. If you're using "TTT" to demean someone's choices or accomplishments, then you're being an a-hole. However, some people who are going to T3 schools use it just as much after being caught up in the law school way of thinking and end up demeaning themselves, at least jokingly.
If you've been to www.lawstudentparadise.com
and been to their pre-law discussion board, it's even worse. I chose the schools I wanted to attend based on much different factors than ranking and how much money I can make after I graduate. I'm now faced with an incredibly difficult decision, as most people are. When I was relating this story, someone basically said "You obviously don't have the grades or LSAT you say you do if you're applying to those schools (IU and Marquette)." Not being a show-off, just for illustrative purposes, my grades were on the very high end of those two schools, and if I was following the normal formula, I would have applied to much higher ranked schools. I think that's the big problem. The whole law school way of thinking is that everything is predetermined. If you get X.XX GPA and XXX LSAT, then you must apply to law schools ranked X-Y. And since people are beginning to focus on law school and make it the most important thing in their life (especially the people who rag on T3/T4 and even T2), they seem to believe your ability to get into law school demonstrates your worth as a person.
As far as parties developing "people skills", I have to disagree. College students are not "people". College students, especially at a party, tend to be very similar. People are "the public". Until you deal with the public, I think you have "social skills" or "networking skills", but you need to work in retail or customer service to have "people skills".