Veyron wrote:IDK wtf this strawman is all about. I don't think anyone denies that USNWR applies its own metric correctly. OP had more to do with overall school quality rather than rankings. Also, DC does indeed suck a nut. Philly any day, twice on Sundays.
OP claimed that "Penn does not garner enough recognition, either in USNWR..." My contention is that as long as you accept the basic premise that LSAT scores are an important measure of school quality (a premise that pre-dates USNWR), Penn is ranked exactly where it should be.
You really have to engage in contortions to come up with a ranking where Penn beats Chicago and NYU. In the USNWR peer reputation ranking, both are closer to H/S than to Penn. I think Leiter is a hack, but his scholarly impact ranking (which is at least objective) has Penn at the bottom of the T14. USNWR's lawyer/judge reputation score has Penn at best tying NYU. USNWR's (stupid) new employer survey has Penn outside the top 10. Now, don't get me wrong, I think all of these measures are stupid, but I think they're enough to offset the nothing that is the claim that Penn Law's benefits from some vague Ivy-league prestige.
Penn is a great school. It's clearly a better bet for big law than Michigan, Virginia, on down. At best it's tied with NYU for overall NYC placement, though weaker for the V10. It has none of Chicago's overall brand recognition in the legal field or ability to place into the snootiest markets like DC.