Doorkeeper wrote:rayiner wrote:Peers in what context? From the perspective of big law hiring or clerkships, the hierarchy is basically:
1) Yale, Harvard, Stanford
2) Chicago, Columbia, NYU,
3) Penn, Michigan, Virginia, Berkeley
NU, Cornell, Duke
4) NU, Cornell, Duke
Blatant pro-Penn, pro-Northwestern, pro-Cornell, and pro-Duke trolling.
Those are the traditional USNWR tiers. They are, unsurprisingly, not a precise proxy for job placement. Penn's smaller size and NYC connections don't count for USNWR, but Michigan's academic reputation score among professors don't seem dispositive for employers.