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?
Thank you very much for all the answers.I actually had not paid a whole lot of attention to rankings or tiers before, so it was an honest answer. I have lived around Willamette my whole life and when I said I was going to law school, everyone always asked, "Willamette, right? That's great. They have a great reputation!" Call me naive, but I knew there were Ivy league schools like Harvard, Yale, and such. I honestly applied to UPENN just to see if I could get in and I actually flew out and visited the campus, taking my daughter. That was what clinched my decision.Amanda---Thank you. I had not thought about Oregon turning me down for that reason. My thought was to just bust my ass at Willamette and go for a transfer. Oregon's clinical program with the DA's office in Eugene is why I applied there to begin with.Prestige, biglaw, and all that is really not why I am getting my law degree. I have a feeling that my idealism (what is left of it) is about ready to get stomped out of me. The truth is that I have been having all kinds of doubts about attending law school and the choice I made, which is what prompted this post. Thanks again for the encouragement and opening my eyes a bit.