Icculus wrote:Lord Randolph McDuff wrote:Yukos wrote:No, reality is reality.
You don't, like, really believe that. Do you?
I mean, human beings are influenced by rational and irrational forces. "Yankees win because of the pinstripes," ya know.. I get that people on this site are angry that faulty perceptions of the legal market have negatively influenced their lives, but really? You don't believe in intuition, art, you walk around and see everyone disagreeing with everyone else but assume we all live in the same "reality?"
Let's try to stay relatively detached from this "law school scamming" business, shall we..
While I agree with you in principle, when looking at the OP, what is relevant is whether within the legal community there is a difference. You basically answered him with your first post:Lord Randolph McDuff wrote: There are still many lawyers who would look at a out of state resume and be somewhat neutral about Wisconsin, because they looked the school up and noticed it was T1, whereas they might feel somewhat negatively about an out of state resume from U. of Tenn., because it was not T1. Now, this is misleading, because really neither candidate here would be likely to get the job.
Now I don't necessarily agree that an out of state lawyer would react the way you suggest to WI vs. TN, but I do agree with the bolded meaning there is no practical difference between the two. the difference arises if you want to practice in WI or TN since both schools are regional. Again, there is ample evidenec that employers go with the schools they know and not by rankings, especially when we are talking such a small difference. I agree that many people look at the rankings and would incorrectly assume a difference, but I think the number of people who would do that within the legal community to the point where the difference influences resluts is negligible if not nonexistant.
ETA: Fuck the Yankees.
I pretty much agree with all this. I don't think its 100% that I wanted to be difficult, maybe 90%, because a lot of people do care about those rankings which in itself lends them a degree of importance. Also, I'd maybe change the bolded above just slightly, to make it a tad more probable that members of the legal community would care. I've spoken with a family member/practitioner who said that he looks to rankings to determine how difficult it was to gain admission to the job seeker's school. While job prospects between Texas Tech and Wisconsin are actually quite similar, it is far, far easier to be admitted to Tech.. Dunno, one older dude's perspective for you.