And your last point is dead-on. But that isn't fair to the consumer. I mean, USNWR, to which the article seemed to primarily refer, purports to do all it can in the name of consumer protection. Yet, the irony is that it harms the consumer. If I were a Martian (which my friends are not convinced I am not), I would think Thomas Jefferson School of Law and some of these other schools were just lousy. But I sat in on a TJSL class and loved it. Do BAR passage rates indicate quality? To a degree. But external factors affect BAR passage. For just one example, could it be that the typical TJSL student is taking the BAR without a job offer in-hand, and, thus, has far less enthusiasm for the exam? $160K + $20K+ in bonuses (with full benefits, profit sharing, $300 car allowance and Lakers' tix) is a heck of a motivator for a 25 y/o. And if you don't have it...
So the self-fulfilling prophesy arg. goes a long ways, and in many directions. I mean, TJSL begins w/lower numbered students and low job prospects and it's self perpetuating. But the quality of the education might actually be great.
So people from ttt and tttt schools pass the bar at such a low rate because they don't have 160k jobs waiting for them? Really? Most tier 1 students don't have 160k jobs waiting for them, much less 100k, and they seem to be passing the bar fine.
Let me take a shot in the dark: you go to a lowly ranked school. You barely cracked 150 (or did you?) on the LSAT but told yourself that you were just as smart as all those Harvard kids, that standardized tests were just a crock. Now, to make yourself feel better, you post threads about how USNews is a crock too.
Maybe the education at Thomas Jefferson is just as good as the education at a tier 1. I don't know. It doesn't matter. The professors at Harvard could be worse than the professor's at Thomas Jefferson, and Harvard would still produce better lawyers. If you're not that bright going in to a school like TJ, you're not going to come out any brighter.