Layman's Prestige

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Bildungsroman » Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:21 pm

Got a little steam to blow off while waiting for grades, eh Rad Law?

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Re: Layman's Prestige

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Re: Layman's Prestige

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radlaw-- big plus one re: your opinion of this thread.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Ratchet Jackson » Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:38 pm

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lol u mad

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Blindc1rca » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:01 pm

speaking of poop, how is it that Northwestern makes this list? i'm from the south and even if x person down here knows that Northwestern exists, they would likely still confuse it with Northeastern.

Down here it's

Harvard/Yale/Stanford
Duke
Berkeley/UNC
Vanderbilt/Columbia
Georgetown/William&Mary/Emory

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Grizz » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:08 pm

Blindc1rca wrote:i'm from the south:
Berkeley


Yeah if you are a hippie liberal pinko who smokes weed and enjoys drum circles and psychedelic mushrooms



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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby D. H2Oman » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:13 pm

Blindc1rca wrote:speaking of poop, how is it that Northwestern makes this list? i'm from the south and even if x person down here knows that Northwestern exists, they would likely still confuse it with Northeastern.

Down here it's

Harvard/Yale/Stanford
Duke
Berkeley/UNC
Vanderbilt/Columbia
Georgetown/William&Mary/Emory



+1,

a school named after a random direction, a direction it's not even in=not prestigious

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby thelaststraw05 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:42 pm

D. H2Oman wrote:
Blindc1rca wrote:speaking of poop, how is it that Northwestern makes this list? i'm from the south and even if x person down here knows that Northwestern exists, they would likely still confuse it with Northeastern.

Down here it's

Harvard/Yale/Stanford
Duke
Berkeley/UNC
Vanderbilt/Columbia
Georgetown/William&Mary/Emory



+1,

a school named after a random direction, a direction it's not even in=not prestigious


But, Midwestern just didn't have the same ring to it.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby slax » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:52 pm

On Christmas, my grandmom told me to go to Georgetown because it was the best. She said that since I can make a lot of connections with the Georgetown name it is the only option I have that matters. True story.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Blindc1rca » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:11 pm

D. H2Oman wrote:a school named after a random direction, a direction it's not even in=not prestigious


haha, in all fairness at the time of its founding it was the northwest. yay manifest destiny.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Grizz » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:15 pm

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby 09042014 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:28 pm

nsideirish wrote:From a non-academic Chicago family, it looks something like this
1. Harvard
2. Yale
3. Stanford
4. Notre Dame
5. Northwestern
6. Georgetown
7. Cornell
8. UChicago (they get very little recognition by the general public, even in Chicago)
9. UIllinois
10. John Marshall/DePaul/Loyola


I'm from Chicago too. Get rid of Cornell and Gtown and replace it with Michigan. And everyone thinks John Marshall is a shit stack.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby tomwatts » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:36 pm

calilaw wrote:Lay prestige is definitely regional.

Ranking Law Schools In California (from my experiences):

Vanderbilt sounds familiar, but most likely because of the Vanderbilt family.
Nobody knows about WUSTL.
UPenn is always confused with Penn State.
Nobody would think of UVA.
If you mention UVA or Michigan, people will just think they're "state schools" which surely rank below California's UC's.
Cornell is one of those schools many have heard of, but few know anything about (including that it's an Ivy)
Chicago doesn't have much lay prestige. Same with Northwestern. Mostly off the radar here.
Berkeley is highly respected and if asked, most Californians would rank it right behind Harvard/Stanford/Yale (probably in that order).

It's hard to discuss law schools with friends/family who know nothing about law schools. I got the Michigan viewbook, and a friend laughed and made a comment along the lines of "why would you want to go to a public university in Detroit for 3 years.. there's no way you'll apply, right?"

This is entirely true. I was pretty surprised by the schools that were and were not in the top, say, 10 or 14 or 25. UCLA was lower than I expected. Michigan and Virginia were much higher than I expected. I didn't know that Cornell had a law school.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Kswizzie » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:48 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
nsideirish wrote:From a non-academic Chicago family, it looks something like this
1. Harvard
2. Yale
3. Stanford
4. Notre Dame
5. Northwestern
6. Georgetown
7. Cornell
8. UChicago (they get very little recognition by the general public, even in Chicago)
9. UIllinois
10. John Marshall/DePaul/Loyola


I'm from Chicago too. Get rid of Cornell and Gtown and replace it with Michigan. And everyone thinks John Marshall is a shit stack.


You sure you're from Chicago... Cornell stays. For some reason people know its Ivy League . Something they don't know about Columbia (think its Columbia College) and Penn (think its Penn State). Also UChi at 8 is credited people ask you if you mean the University of Illinois AT CHICAGO when you mention it.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby 09042014 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:50 pm

Kswizzie wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
nsideirish wrote:From a non-academic Chicago family, it looks something like this
1. Harvard
2. Yale
3. Stanford
4. Notre Dame
5. Northwestern
6. Georgetown
7. Cornell
8. UChicago (they get very little recognition by the general public, even in Chicago)
9. UIllinois
10. John Marshall/DePaul/Loyola


I'm from Chicago too. Get rid of Cornell and Gtown and replace it with Michigan. And everyone thinks John Marshall is a shit stack.


You sure you're from Chicago... Cornell stays. For some reason people know its Ivy League . Something they don't know about Columbia (think its Columbia College) and Penn (think its Penn State). Also UChi at 8 is credited people ask you if you mean the University of Illinois AT CHICAGO when you mention it.


I dunno every time I've heard about Cornell its the shitty LAC in Iowa. But you really can't leave off Michigan.

The UIC thing is hilarious. It happens all the time.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby megaTTTron » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:51 pm

Kswizzie wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
nsideirish wrote:From a non-academic Chicago family, it looks something like this
1. Harvard
2. Yale
3. Stanford
4. Notre Dame
5. Northwestern
6. Georgetown
7. Cornell
8. UChicago (they get very little recognition by the general public, even in Chicago)
9. UIllinois
10. John Marshall/DePaul/Loyola


I'm from Chicago too. Get rid of Cornell and Gtown and replace it with Michigan. And everyone thinks John Marshall is a shit stack.


You sure you're from Chicago... Cornell stays. For some reason people know its Ivy League . Something they don't know about Columbia (think its Columbia College) and Penn (think its Penn State). Also UChi at 8 is credited people ask you if you mean the University of Illinois AT CHICAGO when you mention it.


true story throughout the midwest.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Sandro » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:58 pm

people in the Tampa Bay area think Stetson is like the only law school in the world, when you mention youre going to law school they immediately ask Stetson?

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Spinach Lover » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:48 pm

Thought it would be interesting to present an international perspective. Ranked in terms of lay prestige (not limited to institutions with law schools) among my friends in China:

Harvard / Yale (known for producing famous politicians)
Princeton (brooding mathematicians)
Stanford (computer science) / Berkeley (physics) / Cal Tech (rocket science) / MIT (whatever natural sciences)
Chicago (economics; how many Nobel Prizes have they won?)
Pennsylvania (Wharton, everyone knows it and respects it)
Columbia / Cornell (famous, not really sure what their strengths are)
Michigan / UCLA (decent; famous for accepting many Chinese applicants)
UT - Austin (kinda good, but definitely not top)
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Virginia (off the radar, pretty much on a par with other state flagships, e.g. Florida)
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Notre Dame (French?)

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby tttlllsss » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:54 pm

(Another) Chicago perspective:

Harvard/Yale/Stanford
Northwestern
Notre Dame
Illinois/Wisconsin/Michigan
DePaul
Marquette
WUSTL
. . .
. . .
. . .
John Marshall
Rest of T14 & T30

Yes, you'll note that UChicago isn't included.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Fark-o-vision » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:10 pm

West Coast, particularly SoCal, it would depend on how the game is played. If you just asked people to name the ten best law schools, they would probably come out:

1)Harvard/Yale/Stanford/Princeton in no particular order (though Princeton and Yale would probably slip most peoples minds, the ones who did include it would put it up here.)
5) Berkeley--Though it would be mixed into that first group by a chunk of people.
6)USC
7) UCLA
8 ) NYU or Columbia, whichever big New York school they knew the name of.
9) Duke or Michigan, because they are running out of names of schools they know, they will turn to ones with elite Basketball/football programs.
10) Notre Dame?

If you give a list of the top 30 and ask them to put it in order:

1) Harvard
2) Yale/Stanford, with the probably slight advantage going Yale
4) USC
5) NYU
6) Columbia
7)Notre Dame
8 ) UCLA, although it might be seven
9 ) Duke
10) Michigan?

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:16 pm

Why won't this thread die.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Capitol A » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:17 pm

thelaststraw05 wrote:
D. H2Oman wrote:
Blindc1rca wrote:speaking of poop, how is it that Northwestern makes this list? i'm from the south and even if x person down here knows that Northwestern exists, they would likely still confuse it with Northeastern.

Down here it's

Harvard/Yale/Stanford
Duke
Berkeley/UNC
Vanderbilt/Columbia
Georgetown/William&Mary/Emory



+1,

a school named after a random direction, a direction it's not even in=not prestigious


But, Midwestern just didn't have the same ring to it.

Midwestern is actually the name of a dog sh*t medical school in AZ.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

Postby Ratchet Jackson » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:18 pm

ResolutePear wrote:Why won't this thread die.


Because you just bumped it.

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Re: Layman's Prestige

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