Bildungsroman wrote:Also, what is with this weird obsession with the Ivy League that I've been seeing in law school admissions (and just generally)?
It's the brand name; sure, [insert school here] may be a "better" law school than Cornell, but when it comes to getting jobs, the ivy league name matters.
When it comes to getting jobs, it seems stupid to let whether it's an ivy league institution influence your decision. When it comes to legal hiring, Stanford is better than Penn, Columbia, and Cornell, UChi is better than Penn and Cornell, and a whole lot of schools are better than Cornell, including public institutions such as UMich, UVA, and Berkeley. Sure, the ivy label may have an impact on getting a legal job, but that's already reflected in biglaw and clerkship placement rates, meaning giving it weight again after comparing schools by placement numbers is faulty accounting.