« on: November 30, 2014, 09:11:59 PM »
I'm not sure what will happen to each school's ranking, but I don't think it will matter anyway.
Firms and government agencies that currently hire from Penn State/Dickinson will continue to do so even if the school's ranking drops. Once you get away from the handful of elite schools near the top of the rankings scheme, a school's reputation is pretty much local. Local reputations are based more on alumni networks and the school's profile within the immediate region, and less on rankings.
My guess is that Penn State/Dickinson probably has a good local reputation, and that it probably won't change because of USNWR. Honestly, who cares if a school is ranked, say, #64 instead of #51? Most lawyers know that this is a meaningless distinction.
Geography, however, does matter. It matters especially when you are talking about non-elite, local schools. If you want to live and work in Philly, Temple might be a better choice. You'd have much better access to the local market. If western/central PA is your goal, Dickinson might be a better choice.
I would think more about that aspect and less about rankings.
BTW, didn't Dickinson used to be a separate law school which merged with Penn State? I guess they decided to get a divorce.
both still penn state, silly person.