rickgrimes69 wrote:You are being super confusing about your position. Duke places better than Michigan in the South, but not for most students, so nobody should attend Duke if they want the South? What?
I said pretty clearly that targeting the South without ties is an uphill battle. But targeting the South from Michigan without ties is pretty much a foregone conclusion, whereas Duke at least gives you a chance. What is your problem with that statement? Because, by all accounts, it seems like you're agreeing with me.
You're misconstruing my argument, but I'll try to be more clear.
I am agreeing with you, at least on that statement. At the top of the class, you will almost definitely have better southern prospects coming out of Duke than you would coming out of Michigan. My argument is that that's a poor reason for valuing one school over another - because your chances of realizing that benefit are, to put it charitably, not good. So, if you are much more comfortable at Michigan than you are at Duke, go ahead and pick Michigan. Do not, in other words, pick Duke simply because you want to work in the south - because your chances of actually working in the south are still going to be poor. On the other hand, if the two schools are roughly equal in terms of personal fit, then go ahead and pick Duke, because you might as well.
Again, my argument goes to weight - TLS tends to weight geography too heavily in the T14, and personal fit too lightly.
An even more extreme example might be legal academia. By your logic, one should choose Penn over Duke if one wants to be a law professor, because Penn has better placement in legal academia. I'm saying that, because that outcome is unlikely from either school, it's foolish to choose one school over another just by that metric. Although if all else is equal, then, hell, might as well go to Penn.