JSUVA2012 wrote: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.
I'd actually disagree with this to a certain degree.
I was HYP undergrad and am in CCN for law school (so not exactly the title of this thread, but similar enough).
My personal impression is that the undergrads I went to school with were, on average, smarter than the kids I'm in law school with. That said, I think a lot of the smart kids in undergrad were smart in different ways - for example math or music prodigies who wouldn't necessarily do well on the LSAT. Second, I think it's unequivocally true that people in law school work a lot harder than people did in undergrad.
So I wouldn't dispute that the average CCN student could outperform the average HYP undergrad in law school, both because of hard work, and a natural aptitude for/inclination towards law over other fields. That said, I'm not sure the CCN kids are "brighter" in the pure sense of the term.