all im saying is upenn and nyu in terms of "prestige" from lawyers and judges are not top 5 and well below the michigans, columbias of the world ..... people who dont make columbia attend nyu and people who dont make nyu attend upenn .... stanford although a great school is more regional than some think ... ive had people tell me that NYC firms prefer a fordham or a brooklyn law to a stanford law ...
conversely, you might find similar oddities regarding the east coasters when in frisco or L.A.
if stanford is just #3 for the sake of having a "West coast" powerhouse, then yale and harvard are 1 and 2 for the sake of giving props to the oldest and wealthiest schools in the country.
one year, US NEWS placed stanford at #2, until Harvard b*tched and moaned, forcing them to pull the original prints from the stands and reissue lol.
not knocking Harvard--i'd throw myself down a flight of stairs to go there, and I'm positive their prestige is much much deserved. but it's not unreasonable to think that their 22billion dollar endowment isn't used at least somewhat to push their weight around.