JSUVA2012 wrote:OP's question is a dumb one. At every single school in the country the law students are going to be brighter, on average, than the undergrad population.
I don't think this is necessarily intuitive. HYP prides itself on having "cream of the crop" "best of the best" etc. Whether that is true is part of my question
. For one thing, I was curious if only the "losers" do law school while everyone else goes off to banking or med school or whatever...
No, it's not true.
HYP has athletes with lower academic credentials. HYP has legacies with lower academic credentials.
Many/most at YHS law schools were top 1%, or damn close to it, in undergrad, and top 1% on the LSAT. These are people who are winners at life
, not just at high school or the genetic lottery or at what fancy prep school Mom and Dad sent them to or at rowing, tennis, or what have you.
The holy trinity is chock full of folks who were the best of the best at their undergrad. Many people who were academic all-stars at their state schools. And no one who was subpar at their undergrad, even if that undergrad was HYPS, is getting into YHS for law school. So yes, it's a fairly obvious inference that the people at YHS are more impressive than the UG kids at HYPS.
And FWIW, I've heard at least one HYPS person here at UVA acknowledge that the people here are much brighter and more impressive than the people at their UG. I think that judgment is pretty much universal.