adh07d wrote:Z'Barron wrote:

You guys read and listen to too much Morse. I'm not buying that argument completely. The firms like the rankings because rankings save them time, effort and money. Recruiters can make what appear to be educated decisions and not have to be accountable for hiring idiots from top schools and missing hidden gems from lower-ranked schools. Part of this equation is sheer laziness and fugality. Like I said, I have seen the stooges Harvard and Penn are turning out...and too many of them are getting their asses kicked in court (by supposedly inferior attorneys, according to the general TLS logic) for this process to be so elitist.

perhaps you could provide a more accurate and cost-beneficial approach to finding the hidden gems and weeding out the idiots?

Correct me if i'm wrong but your entire critique of my argument is one anecdotal case of three lawyers. If you came up with an all-inclusive study or an extensive survey of the effectiveness of trial lawyers (one area of law mind you), and showed that the t14 had minuscule to no advantage post-collegiately then I would be much more persuaded by your proposition.

Ahh...the flaw in your reasoning is that you dismiss, outright, my "unrepresentative sample" simply on the basis that it is unrepresentative. It is an illustration of a general point, i.e., that such scenarios play themselves out every day and everywhere. And besides, I think the elitists who invented, subscribe to, and live and die by "T-14 Theory" (we all know what it's based on, but it has taken on a life of its own) carry the burden of formulating case studies proving that we should have gotten involved in this (arbitrary) mess in the first place.

Harvard is the greatest law school on the planet because...it has always been the greatest law school on the planet, namely because...back when it was the greatest law school on the planet, it was the greatest law school on the planet.

Hence, those who teach at the greatest law school on the planet, which has always been the greatest law school on the planet, namely because...back when it was the greatest law school on the planet, it was the greatest law school on the planet, must be the greatest teachers on the planet.

And those who are taught by those teachers, who must be must be the greatest law teachers on the planet, because they teach at what is the greatest law school on the planet, because it has always been the greatest law school on the planet, namely because...back when it was the greatest law school on the planet, it was the greatest law school on the planet...must be the greatest law students on the planet.