sprezzatura wrote:j.wellington, thanks for the helpful reply.
I definitely didn't mean that I thought UM was literally the Harvard of the West - it was the exorbitant bragging that got me curious.
But just to be clear - let's say I get a GPA and LSAT that qualify me for the upper T14 (don't jump on me, these are just hypothetical givens), will having UM on my transcript make Stanford or Columbia turn up their nose at me, or put me at the back of a long line of 3.9/173s with Ivy League undergrads?
I'm by no means an authority, but I think it might even help you slightly. There is such a thing as geographic affirmative action. I doubt the top schools get many applicants from U of Montana, so if you're overall package is solid it might help your application stand out some.