Real Madrid wrote:
This is a complete non-sequitur.
I disagree. Having the choice to attend UPenn and NYU but picking X is actually the only way to gauge what a prospective student thinks of a schools reputation relative to another.
And this is a straw man, as this is not at all the point that I made. Nevertheless, I'll briefly address it:
There is no denying that Penn has been the best school (stats-wise) for placing into big law the last few years. Numbers don't lie. But they don't always tell the whole truth. While I don't have data to back up this claim (nor, I assume, does anyone else on TLS that makes it), I do tend to believe that a significant number of YHS grads go into prestigious jobs that are generally not easily accessible to non YHS grads. I do not think a significant number of UVA grads are going into those same jobs. Feel free to dispute that if you wish.
The data is far from comprehensive. Self selection is a real thing. This doesn't stop at HYS. We just don't know enough to make these distinct claims.