TaipeiMort wrote:snehpets wrote:TaipeiMort wrote:Dudes. I am not Chinese/Asian. I planned to blanket all schools, applied to some, but decided I wanted to go to Chicago after visiting and evaluating what was best for my family. I think it is the best value for people with families out there. I was joking about the flirting comment-- I was just trying to inject some humor into what seems like a serious deal to you bros.
Now, back to the original discussion, I will elucidate it further because you guys don't seem to be getting what I am saying. Harvard could be the best school out there because of their awesome top-end faculty and upper job prospects, but instead chooses to hurt the bottom half and dilute their faculty to expand their alumni network. Their value proposition is Alumni $$, not tuition, which they probably don't break even on. By inflating the class size you get more future donors (bigger median and top) but you also get more people losing because of oversupply. The school also fills its faculty by buying unproven young academics from other schools, especially Columbia, Chicago, and Stanford. This effort is a strong tactical move, as it stomps out seedlings in other schools/competitors. However, it decreases actual educational quality because you are essentially unleashing unproven young academics on students. This effect will be worst on the pedagogical side, as it is harder to evaluate teaching skills than academic production. This approach is unique among the T6. NYU and Columbia apparently value educational quality more because they more carefully fill their academic ranks and instead bring in proven practicioners who enhance the school's legal education.
I'm guessing we are just miscommunicating. If you value a degree as being the lay prestige associated with it and top-of-the-curve opportunities, then Harvard is a great choice. If you value educational quality, insurance of safe job prospects at the median-to-bottom, or particular idiosyncratic fit issues (ie. the other five schools each seem to have a unique culture), then one of the other schools may be better.
I feel bad, because posts like this make sense on some level and are somewhat reasonable but all the past chicago trolling in your post history will probably obscure that. i actually kind of see your point. i have no idea if you're pulling this stuff out of your ass though.
I didn't really notice this stuff until I worked with a former Dean at Chicago that also taught at Harvard for many years and pointed this stuff out to me and also because my Harvard buddies and I argue this crap all the time, and are fighting each other in recruiting the same admits.