The Legal Beat
Recent T14 Graduate Spent Extra Six Figures On Law School Because Of U.S. News Rankings
Posted on Tuesday May 21, 2019
I felt like I needed to go to the best school in order to give myself the best job opportunities coming out. For me, it was a toss-up between Penn and Temple. Temple is ranked lower than Penn. Temple is lot cheaper than Penn. Temple has a part-time program, where it would have been a lot less stressful on my life. At the end of the day, I would have been the same Chris going to Temple as the Chris at Penn. But I was willing to fork out an extra $100,000 and crush my body for three years, probably because of the rankings. If it weren’t for the rankings, I would have gone to Temple. It would have been a no brainer.
— Christopher Iacono, a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, commenting on how the U.S. News law school rankings affected his law school decision. Iacono is a nontraditional student who attended Penn Law by day while working full-time as a Philadelphia police officer by night. Iacono is the author of Legally Unhappy: How U.S. News and Law Schools Have Failed and How This Can Be Fixed, and hopes the paper will be selected for publication in a law review
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