But Michigan dominates Fordham in all of the categories you have listed except for location. The two schools are not even close and it would be a huge mistake to go to Fordham over Michigan.
I'm not trying to be a jerk, I just think that it is necessary to actually provide data which corroborates your claims. It is apparent that Michigan does take the cake on most of those categories. It was not, however, something which should have just been accepted as true because you said so.
Fair enoughFaculty Impact Ranking:
# of course offerings after 1L @ U Michigan- 2.5 Per Student
# of course offerings after 1L @ Fordham- 2.1 Per Studenthttp://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/usnews/edu/grad/webextras/brief/sb_law_size_brief.phpPlacement: Percentage of Clerks in 2008-2009
Michigan: 5.5% (20 clerks total)
Fordham: 0.4% (2 clerks total) ---Fordham had the same number of clerks as Brooklyn LawPlacement: Percentage of class placement at V10 Firms
Fordham: 4.1%Placement: Percentage of class placement at V100 Firms
Fordham: 15.3%Programs and exchange opportunities:
Michigan: 14 dual degree programs. Great busines school and good school of economics.
Fordham: 2 dual degree programs. It's other schools are mediocre.Diversity:
Michigan has a better index score and is more diversehttp://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/law/brief/lawdiv_brief.php
As the placement numbers indicate, Fordham is a feast or famine school. 4% of the class at Fordham is placing at V10 firms, but only 15% are placing inside the entire V100. 12% of the class at Michigan is placing at V10 firms and 41% are placing inside the entire V100. While Fordham is holding its own in ultra-elite V10 placement, it is getting exposed when you examine its lower level BigLaw placement. This re-enforces the idea that the very best at Fordham do really well while those outside the top 1/3 of the class struggle with BigLaw.
You would have to be totally blind not to see that Michigan and Fordham are not even close. Fordham is much, much closer to Cardozo than to Michigan. Fordham is a good law school, but Michigan is a top law school. Unless you have no choice but to remain in NY, passing up Michigan for Fordham would be the mistake of a lifetime.