Its been said here (and elsewhere) that the most important rankings are the 'internal' rankings at firms. Supposedly subtle movement within USNWR ranks (22 to 25 to 21 to 23 etc etc) don't translate into internal rank movement, unless its consistent (ie, from 40 to 25 and stay there for several years). All this said, one obvious question remains: What are
the internal ranks? And why do we have our hands on one yet? I find it hard to believe nobody knows a buddy in a law firm that could get his hands on the hiring protocol.
Or maybe internal ranks simply don't exist. It could just be all about the hiring partner's sense of a school (name recognition, alumni he knows from it, faculty he knows teach there, etc). An arbitrary unquantifiable internal-internal ranking system? OMF we're never going to figure this out!!!!