Wow. I asked an honest question here. Since you like numbers........(1) I did mean UPENN, thank you. As I stated, when you are a single mom, you don't move a little girl who is happy in her school across the country from her family. I kicked and screamed and really agonized about my decision, but alas, I am staying in Oregon.(2) It might surprise you that here in Oregon, we are pretty civilized and quite abit of legal matters happen here. Last I looked, I don't think Michigan was the legal mecca of the world either.(3) High gpa and high LSAT scores do not equal intelligence. In fact, some of the stupidest people I have met have 4.0 gpa's. Great gpa's mean a couple of things: You know how to navigate the undergrad game, and you know how to barf back prof's answers on a test. I suppose that takes a certain amount of intelligence in itself, but it does not mean that a high gpa and LSAT means that person is more intelligent. (4) Look, I didn't mean to pick a fight. It's just interesting the amount of snobbery that goes on regarding this subject. So it seems if I boil it down, PALuff is saying it comes down to portability and working for a megafirm (or the ability too). Got it. Thanks fpr breaking it down for this simpleton.
In reading through these posts, there seems to be a HUGE emphasis on the tier ratings of the schools. It's almost a snobbery that goes on and it confuses me.I am going to be honest here. I am admitted to a T4 school (was T3, but dropped this last year). The school is Willamette University. Willamette has a huge and powerful reputation in Oregon. Several US Senators, Reps, Federal Court Judges, and 2 current Oregon Supreme Court Justices are alumni. Willamette has wonderful intern/externship opportunities with county/state/and large private firms. Their ADR program is ranked 6th in the nation. Oh, and did I mention that they are the oldest university west of the Mississippi. Their facaulty are graduates of Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and so on and most have actually practiced law.Yet, I have had several people on boards look at the tier rating and urge me to look at other schools. I am wondering why that is?In addition, several posters have turned their noses up at Cooley and other schools in the T4 ranking.I guess my point is that the law is a competitive occupation and it is very elite. There are limited seats available, with only about what 190 law schools in the nation. Many people never make it into law school because they cannot get accepted. So why the snobbery?I actually chose Willamette over a Tier 1 school. Why many have asked? Because I am a single mom and I need help with my daughter. My family is here, not in Pennsylvania. My daughter comes first. And frankly, I have no intentions of leaving the Pacific Northwest, so it makes sense to go to a regional school.Anyway, can someone explain the snobbery to me?