Go_Cardinals wrote:If a school is superior, its logical to follow then that people think of it in higher esteem. I am not sure how you did on the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT. And btw, isn't that what we should be choosing schools by, the quality of the institution?
This makes very little sense, but neither did a lot of the problems in the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT. Since I'm trying to desperately to never think about the LSAT again, I won't try to decipher what you're trying to say here.
I do agree that the overall reputation of the university shouldn't be a significant factor. But some people say it's an absolute zero, and that's pretty stupid. For one thing, a lot of people end up really disliking law firm work. They'd like to do something else. If you want to do that something else, having a degree with greater lay prestige does make a difference. Now, I'd argue that matters more for Columbia vs. NYU than Columbia vs. Berkeley or Penn, but whatever.
That said, getting back to the OP's original concerns: Columbia gave off much chiller vibes than I expected - in the classrooms, and in talking to students who were around. I didn't feel any real pretentiousness - I think people realize that Harvard and Yale are the top dogs, and Columbia's just trying to be as good as it can be. To be honest, the Dean (Ricky?) at NYU Day was the one who kept referring to the "Top 6" law schools in the country.
However, given that the OP is actually from New York, I think he/she might enjoy going out to Berkeley. It'd be a nice change, and I doubt the doors would be slammed shut in NYC, especially if there's a strong effort made to get back there. I also really hope that GoCardinals goes to Berkeley too