EmmyD wrote:This is interesting. Flaming me for "making categorical statements that just don't receive the support you purport to give them" but offering zero evidence to back this up other than your own assertion. Wouldn't that be an example of "making a categorical statement" with inadequate support. (And wouldn't it also be an ad hominem?
You really need to learn what an ad hominem is, among other things. By the way, in making that statement, you committed an ad hominem tu quoque. Google it.
Chicago was once the leader in faculty behind Yale. Now, however, Harvard is making a huge push for top faculty. You can't just say "Oh, Harvard just got Sunstein, so that might change things." Harvard also nabbed top faculty from other schools; an example of this is Mark Tushnet from GULC.
But what about NYU? They nabbed two CLS profs this year alone (Waldron, among others).
What about the metric by which Leiter does his rankings? Do professors actually take them seriously? As a person who has been following faculty movements for the last for years, I can tell you right now: No.
All of the professors I've spoken to regard the notion of grading a school's overall faculty as absurd; rather, they do it by specific program. Thus, if a student wanted to do academia, whereas you might say "Go to Yale, and if not, HSC [And you would put Stanford on par with Harvard, because you were admitted at the former and not at the latter." I, on the other hand, would say, "Ah! That's interesting. Well, what do you want to focus on in academia?" The person might say, "Jurisprudence," at which point I would respond, "Screw Chicago, Harvard, and Stanford. Go to NYU or Yale."
I encounter this nonsense all the time; students think that just because the overall school is good, this goodness percolates down into individual programs. That couldn't be further from the case.
You are pretty opinionated, but do you know what you're talking about? NYU looks good on paper, but Dworkin and Nagel are in mid-70s, Nagel is not a good teacher, and Dworkin is barely around. Waldron is very inaccessible. I have friends in the PhD program and the law school at NYU, this is common knowledge. Yale would be good if you were interested in nothing but legal positivism, but it's very narrow. Chicago now has Nussbaum, Leiter, and part of each year Green, so they are much broader than most most schools now for law & philosophy--definitely if you had any interest in history of philosophy, it would be the place to be.