The Super Elite

I must have missed the memo that annointed Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, NYU, and Columbia law schools as “the Super Elite.”

Whether or not these are the “best” faculties isn’t particularly interesting to me. I just wonder about the label. “The Super Elite Six” sounds a bit like a budget hotel chain. Or a new sedan, fresh from Ford! Or a non-BCS football conference (hey, finally, a league that Stanford can walk away with, year after year!). In fact, what if we organized law schools into conferences, like athletic conferences, instead of “tiers”? No more than ten schools per conference. Estimated faculty quality and geography would be the most important criteria. Group like-schools and geographically proximate schools together. What would the conference groupings look like? More important, what would the conferences be called?