« on: March 22, 2008, 08:29:40 PM »
We also need to consider who the audience is for these rankings. Obviously there are a number of key ones, including current law students, future law students and practicing lawyers. Seems to me that the first two groups should be primarily interested on one thing - what the law experience and degree will do for their careers and lives. Yes, more output oriented. 75/25 LSAT data will feed my ego, and perhaps lead to a more challenging learning environment, but it is meaningless so far as my broader career is concerned. Of course I care about it to an extent, but I'd rather be introduced to data that shows me specifically how going to this particular law school will enhance my salary potential, non profit law opportunities, chances for high profile clerkships, etc. Once I graduate, I doubt that I will care much about how many publications the law faculty produce per year. Show me the friggin money and opportunities, and prove to me that your school is not just a degree factory. Yes, Mr. dean, I am thrilled that you have a 1,000,000 volume library run by a PHd in library science, but please tell me what percentage of your graduating class from 1995 are currently practicing law, what their salaries are, how many have made partner, where they work etc. And while you are at it, why don't you unscrew last year's salary data on your web site and give me a better breakdown of what your graduates are getting paid.