Seoulless wrote: thatsnotmyname wrote:
Moneytrees wrote:Whenever I discuss the law schools I'm targeting with people outside of the legal field, they tend to bring up Georgetown and how great it would be to go to school in DC. It probably has more lay prestige than most of the schools outside of the top 6 or 7.
Georgetown probably has more lay prestige than CCN also. I feel like definitely way more lay prestige than Chicago and NYU. I feel like outside of YHS, the schools in the T14 with most lay prestige would probably be Duke and Georgetown.
Why Duke? Just because of name recognition derived from basketball?
I'm sure that helps drive name recognition, but for some reason it seems like people are aware that Duke is a really good school. Based on my experiences of discussing schools around people, most people can't even name the Ivy League schools. People always get Harvard, Yale, Princeton and then are like Stanford and MIT. Sometimes they'll mention Columbia after name dropping Stanford and MIT but will never get or heard of the other ones.
For whatever reason though, in my experience, people are always impressed whenever Georgetown or Duke gets name dropped in casual conversation. I'm not sure what the reason is and it's completely unscientific but I feel like if you gave the general American public a survey and told them to rank the T14 by the prestige of the school it would go: Harvard, Yale, Stanford and the next three in some order would be Georgetown, Duke, and Columbia. I feel like there's probably a big drop in lay prestige after those six. If I had to keep guessing the order of the rest, the state schools of Berkeley, Michigan, and Virginia would probably be next within their respective regions (i.e., I don't feel like Berkeley carries a ton of lay prestige outside of the West Coast, Virginia probably doesn't outside of the Mid-atlantic, and Michigan only in the midwest). Then NYU. Then Penn, Cornell, and Northwestern in some order. Then the out-of-region state schools. Then last would be the University of Chicago.
To summarize, my completely unscientific T14 lay prestige rankings:
7. Berkeley/Mich/UVA depending on region
12. Berkeley/Mich/UVA depending on region
13. Berkeley/Mich/UVA depending on region
14. University of Chicago
Now that I look at it, I feel like outside of the T6, there would be a lot of regional fluctuation. Like I'm sure in Pennsylvania and the Northeast, UPenn and Cornell would rank much higher. Whereas the same would be true for Northwestern and Chicago in the midwest. But for whatever reason, I do think the T6 I listed would have the top national name recognition. I feel like there has to have been some sort of study done on this already.