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A couple of thoughts to keep perspective:

1. The methodology behind the rankings is really unsound. For example, putting "per student expenditures" which is an easily manipulable statistic, at 10 percent weight and then not disclosing the numbers.

2. Pretty much only OLs care about these rankings. Hiring officials already have a set idea of which schools are better than others and won't be affected by rankings changes.

3. Unfortunately, the rankings probably have a culmunative effect on perceptions, but that happens over a long time. The most important statistics are probably peer scores, legal field scores, and acceptance statistics.

That said, its annoying that a publication with terrible methodology can have so much power over how OLs think about their schools. (Crossposted)

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A couple of thoughts to keep perspective:

1. The methodology behind the rankings is really unsound. For example, putting "per student expenditures" which is an easily manipulable statistic, at 10 percent weight and then not disclosing the numbers.

2. Pretty much only OLs care about these rankings. Hiring officials already have a set idea of which schools are better than others and won't be affected by rankings changes.

3. Unfortunately, the rankings probably have a culmunative effect on perceptions, but that happens over a long time. The most important statistics are probably peer scores, legal field scores, and acceptance statistics.

That said, its annoying that a publication with terrible methodology can have so much power over how OLs think about their schools.
(crossposted)

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A couple of thoughts to keep perspective:

1. The methodology behind the rankings is really unsound. For example, putting "per student expenditures" which is an easily manipulable statistic, at 10 percent weight and then not disclosing the numbers.

2. Pretty much only OLs care about these rankings. Hiring officials already have a set idea of which schools are better than others and won't be affected by rankings changes.

3. Unfortunately, the rankings probably have a culmunative effect on perceptions, but that happens over a long time. The most important statistics are probably peer scores, legal field scores, and acceptance statistics.

That said, its annoying that a publication with terrible methodology can have so much power over how OLs think about their schools.

(Crossposted)

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Law School Rankings / Re: 2009 USNWR rankings
« on: March 25, 2008, 11:02:02 PM »
A couple of thoughts to keep perspective:

1. The methodology behind the rankings is really unsound. For example, putting "per student expenditures" which is an easily manipulable statistic, at 10 percent weight and then not disclosing the numbers.

2. Pretty much only OLs care about these rankings. Hiring officials already have a set idea of which schools are better than others and won't be affected by rankings changes.

3. Unfortunately, the rankings probably have a culmunative effect on perceptions, but that happens over a long time. The most important statistics are probably peer scores, legal field scores, and acceptance statistics.

That said, its annoying that a publication with terrible methodology can have so much power over how OLs think about their schools.

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Hey,

Does anybody have any knowledge of the Chicago LRAP program? I would appreciate hearing from any Chicago students. I heard from somebody that they will bump the 5k a year up to 10k a year for some people who ask before committing.

I am accepted there and I would be grateful for any advice. Thanks!

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Law School Applications / UChicago LRAP
« on: June 02, 2007, 09:05:03 PM »
Hey,

Does anybody have any knowledge of the Chicago LRAP program? I would appreciate hearing from any Chicago students. I heard from somebody that they will bump the 5k a year up to 10k a year for some people who ask before committing.

I am accepted there and I would be grateful for any advice. Thanks!

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Law School Applications / Re: Yale Blood Bath by Email
« on: April 26, 2007, 02:01:41 AM »
Just felt the Guillitine drop

Seriously Yale, 5 months for this? Do you have an admissions staff of 1? Or does the Yale Law work ethic extend to the admissions staff? 

I think I speak for a few of us when I wish you a heart-felt f-you. But at least you didn't send out the 29 cent stamps and had people miss deposit deadlines this time. Improvement.

I guess it beats the Stanford "Cold Shoulder" approach. Bastards. 

April f-ing 25th. Unbelievable.

There. Very theraputic.

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I think Blue's fine. Its helpful to get a variety of perspectives.

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Why not be a stockbroker? Lots more money in that.

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320k a year!?! Sheesh, now I feel the pull. This is what freaks me out about going to law school. I got into a good school but I am afraid that my life is going to become terribly unhappy because the allure of BIGLAW will be too POWERFUL. Anyone else worry about this?

does this help?

(salaries before bonus)

http://www.lawfirmdiscussion.com/compensation/newyork07salary.php


Yeah thats a lot of money. You probably need a top school to get that kind of dough right out of law school.




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