rgndvo wrote:No one is claiming that Georgetown sticker is better than Harvard sticker, nor that Georgetown students fare better (or even, as well) than do Harvard students.
I agree that full scholarship at GULC over Harvard isn't a crazy decision. But you saying that there probably isn't a big difference in terms of career prospects between someone who would have gotten into both. That relies on the following assumption, which is going to be addressed next. But without that assumption in place, that results in a direct comparison between the two.
rgndvo wrote: What I am skeptical of is the notion that equally talented students would tend to be more successful at Harvard because they went to Harvard; comparing the 25th percentile of Georgetown (or Cornell/Chicago) with Harvard is ridiculous, because the H students are much brighter, as evidenced by their LSAT scores. You would probably have to compare the 75th percentile at Georgetown to H's 25th.
A few LSAT points DOES NOT = "much brighter." That's a pretty ridiculous statement. LSAT is the best sole predictor of 1L grades, but it's still nowhere near a perfect predictor: http://www.lsac.org/jd/pdfs/LSAT-Score- ... rmance.pdf
I hate to drop the "you're only a 0L" line, but you saying top 25% at GULC probably = Harvard's bottom quarter strikes me as a bit ridiculous. There will be people in your class with a great LSAT/GPA combo who either: 1) Just don't understand how to succeed in law school; 2) Just don't want to try as hard as others around them; or 3) Get screwed by a grade in a class or two, etc. There will be people in your class who had average stats and either just outwork everyone or just really get law school tests. The three people I know who probably have 3 of the highest GPAs in my class I think all had average stats coming in and I don't think any of them are on scholarships. Two of them have amazing grades and spend significantly less time than I do on school (I came with an LSAT above the 75th percentile). They just get it. The other person is a combination of a person who just gets it and who also works hard.
If you have a 4.0 and 175, you probably will do well at GULC 1L year. But that's a risky "probably." If you have a full ride at GULC, then that changes the equation. But if we are talking sticker at Harvard versus anything outside HYS, then for a lot of people it comes to minimizing risk. Median at GULC ITE with a lot of debt actually sounds pretty terrifying to me. A lot rides on one year's worth of grades and, while I tend to think grades are less random than some, there is definitely a random component to grades.