dextermorgan wrote:That's what you want it to be about. You ignore that the vast majority of people in law school are in it to get a job, and don't need some fancy name on the degree to have pride in themselves.
Well I wouldn't say vast majority base their decision based solely on employment considering the poll results (though this is certainly unscientific and bound to be flawed). I haven't read this specific article (http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/c ... n-rankings
) But I read a similar one which pointed out the same issue. Students are picking law schools based on rank, more than employment prospects. This seems to imply that the intangibles I'm trying to value are important to applicants. But it could also be the tangibles which are measured by rank?
Second, I will admit that I may be overestimating the value. I only applied to one local school for undergrad because I didn't have the support to apply broadly and didn't think I could go elsewhere financially. It has worked out well, I got a full ride and have tons of connections to my legal community. But, I look back on this and see how much I undersold myself and I don't want to make the same mistake, if it was a mistake. This probably biases my opinion, but I know I can be proud of myself without a degree. I just think being part of a well-respected institution may have real impacts (even if they are just placebo effects) on happiness.