So how long until Umass-dartmouth becomes a tier three, tier two law school. UC Irving rose way faster. I'm planning to go to umass-dartmouth in the JD/mpp program, and I got a 17,000 dollar scholarship to the JD. But right now, even when it's parent is University of Massachusetts, they aren't even ranked. The usnews considers them less then tier four. Which I don't know why. They are by the way a public interest law school. They have higher bar pass, higher employment, higher lsat scores than a lot of the TTTT's. Someone explain.
First, you can't compare any school to UC Irving- it's sui generis. Hiring Chemerinsky, hiring the other faculty members that it did, subsidizing high LSAT students etc. It was a planned attempt to get to T50 that worked (and cost dearly).
UMass-D has a slightly different issue; look at the market. Massachusetts has nine law schools; of those nine, three of them are Harvard, BU, and BC (one of the top in the nation, and all three T25). It has three more respectable schools for its urban center (Northeastern, Suffolk, NESL).
So, no, I don't see it as being T2 (50-100) any time soon, at least not in today's market. It has no reputation, no real alum base, and it doesn't have particularly great admission numbers.