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September 25, 2004

Measuring Competitiveness

In response to this request from Sui Generis, Nuts and Boalts offers:
A few ways you can measure relative comeptitiveness among law schools using the schools' own policies. Of course this is probably about as valuable as location of water fountains or emergency evacuation plans.
I'd say it's much more helpful than the location of water fountains ... unless you're really thirsty. Thinking about more about this topic, I think the competitiveness variable might depend somewhat on what you want to do w/law school and your legal career. If you're hoping to be top of class, law review, big firm job, and all the trimmings, every school will be competitive for you b/c you'll have to fight like hell w/the other people who want the same things. If your goals are different (say, if you want to do public interest law and aren't bothered by a 3.0 GPA and less than $100k in salary on graduation), you should be able to find a good group of peers at most schools who share your goals and will be less cutthroat about things. If this is true, a school's support for public interest might be some indication of how competitive you'll find it, but this is pure speculation.

Posted by mowabb at September 25, 2004 01:06 PM

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Thanks for the link. I couldn't agree with you more. I wryly say exactly what you said at the end of my post.

Posted by: Armen at September 25, 2004 01:23 PM

I think competitiveness at my (former) school might be measured in the fact that we all were warned NOT to rip pages out of library books (that is, for the competitive advantage); the 1Ls who did rip out or hide books were promptly expelled.

Posted by: Katherine at September 25, 2004 06:45 PM