Fair enough trog. Point taken.
However, I do think it is extremely hyped up as to the importance of going to a good UG. Especially in terms of the cost. It simply isn't worth $100K to end up with a job paying $40-50K to start (and that is on the higher end than many entry-level positions).
I understand, and I was lucky to have such a good public school in my state to attend for undergrad. I think differences in school quality are overhyped, and often blindly accepted as "conventional wisdom," but that does not, to me, make all UG educations equal.
While its not a sole contributing factor the UG you go to is a factor for the FIRST JOB out of college. In fact it is a huge factor, this is from someone who has been out in the field for four years. The year I graduated the UG I went to made a difference (UIUC) but after two years of glowing reviews at a major corporation known for its reputation, no one even asks where I went to.
That's all I'm saying. All the lawyers I ask say it does matter where you go if you want to go into private law, with diminishing returns after a few years in the profession.
This is outright wrong. I have been out for three years as well and you are sitting here telling me where you go to UG matters for your first job while I sit behind my cushy desk in the job I received after graduation. I went to a state school and did alright, nothing amazing. Don't make broad generalizations when you can't back them up.
Law school is a different story. It will always matter to some extent. Just more so earlier than later after graduation.
Trog. are you from DC? You realize you could have gotten in-state tuition in any state, right? Its one of the benefits of taxation without representation.
You asked that I not make broad generalizations... yet your only response has been that you have a good job. As do I. I graduated from the U of I a state institution, but mind you a GREAT strate institution. Its very well regarded especially in engineering. My school was visited by many large corporations who could only attend a few schools for business and engineering. They picked UIUC, Georgia Tech MIT etc.
Again, as I am said, after a few years of working hard it really doesn't make a damn bit of difference where you went to school. However, fresh out of school, companies can only visit a limited number of schools and favor an even narrower set of schools.