Originally Posted by leftover_salmon
So Penn, Chicago and NYU law are worthless?
these are perfectly great schools to attend if you're set on being a lawyer working for a large firm. more likely than not, going forward, a degree from these schools will set you up for a fine upper-middle class life. (although a separate story as to whether (1) you'd be happy doing law and (2) the "more likely than not" probability is worth it to you). however, Penn, (Columbia), Chicago, and NYU law degrees are not going to "open a large number of doors" that would otherwise not. Even at Yale, Harvard, and Stanford, the door opening effect is not as huge as one might think. And no, this is not a defeatist attitude, at least as far as "door opening" goes. If anything, i feel that it's the poor life choices grounded on misinformation and unbridled optimism of endless opportunities that have led to the student loan crisis, subprime mortgage crisis, etc.