I think a lot of it has to do with the general perception of third or fourth-tier schools in general. Despite testimonials from former students that a Cooley education is actually pretty good compared to other schools, I still tend to see some not-so-subtle shots at this school on the blawgopshere.
But I look at it like this -- it shouldn't matter what the name on the diploma says. If you know your stuff, you can excel no matter where you graduated from.
- My contempt for Cooley is simply derived from how they produce and disseminate propoganda proclaiming their superiority based up a very self-serving matrix of indicators. The dishonesty in this rightfully brings ridicule.
- I also respect that many Cooley grads are very capable and considering the school's high attrition rates, earned their degree. I dislike Cooley the institution, by I have a fair amount of respect for their graduates.
- I understand why the name matters to hiring partners. If you were contracting a firm, wouldn't you rather know that you have a team of ivy league grads opposed to random regional grads? The resources are greater; generally, the professors are of a higher calibers; and, the schools self select students have shown a much higher adaptation to legal research and previous achievement. So, it makes sense why all things being equal, the Yale grad will get the job over the Roger Williams grad. There's a significant logic to it.