30 percent of test takers say that a law school's ranking is the most critical factor, followed by geographic location at 24 percent; academic programming at 19 percent; and affordability at 12 percent. Only 8 percent of respondents consider a law school's job placement statistics to be the most important factor.USNWR isn't happy with the overemphasis on their rankings stating:
The U.S. News Best Law Schools rankings spotlight the country's academically excellent law school programs in many areas. However, they should be used by prospective students as just one tool in the process for picking the best school for them. Many other factors that cannot be measured need to go into such an important decision, including the overall cost, location, course offerings, school culture, job prospects, advising or mentoring opportunities, and campus life.
I read this tidbit as follows: give all law schools a chance!
Yah right. Ranking is the only thing that matters to Big Law--arguably the ultimate end result for many law students. Let's go through the factors that USNWR focuses on:
overall cost: important. But one must note that the cost has no correlation whatsoever of cost with quality of education. So you could pay out the ass for a TTTT education and pay less for a T25 education. Or you could pay very little for an unaccredited school, which is definitely worse than paying for Harvard or Yale.
location: important, but no so much if you go to a T14. A T14 degree will travel all over the United States. However, a TTTT education is arguably a regional degree--if that. Case in point, New York Law School. Probably not worth it in New York, and worth less outside of New York.
course offerings: Not important at all. Law school is boring and bland, whatever class you take. Furthermore, many of the classes listed in the catalog are not offered EVER. Or they are offered so infrequently, that you will never get into the class. Also, although your GPA is supremely important--employers don't give two shits what classes you take. If you take many classes on entertainment law or labor law, that does not equate a job in entertainment law or labor law--because no one cares.
school culture: Who cares and how are you to figure that out without going? My Tier One school advertises itself as being a small and intimate law school environment with friendly professors. I even spoke to hired guns (students) that lied about the school's culture. It was small, but that's where the description ended. I never met so many snobby students and professors in my life.
job prospects: Once again, with law schools lying through their teeth about employment stats, how are you to know. The only way you can be certain that you have job prospects is by going to a T14 or, arguably, a T8 school.
advising or mentoring opportunities: Once again, who the hell cares. Even the shittiest of the shit law schools will claim to have mentoring opportunities. After all, there is no shortage of graduates. It's dumb to make a decision based on this. If you go to a T14, it may be unnecessary--because you'll have something better, a well-connected alumnae base.
campus life: You already went to college. Grow the fuck up. I don't care if Harvard or Yale have the lamest student life out there--that is the appropriate law school to go to. This should not be the basis of any adult decision.
Maybe USNWR is trying to take the heat off of their roll in the demise of tens of thousands of people every year. Maybe they feel badly that TTTT schools get the shaft. This is a load of bull honky and is to be disregarded.
Yale of fail.
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