Iowa will come in at #30...
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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.
Isn't it just insane that you can't just call, verify your identity, and have them friggin tell you if you have been accepted? Seriously, credit card companies do it, and virtually every other service oriented business including utilities, cell phone companies etc. do it. But for some reason, law schools like to remind you that they hold the cards and make you wait for the mail to arrive. A few weeks ago, I contacted the University of Idaho Law School to inquire about my application I submitted close to 6 months ago. I had received a simple post card saying I was complete back in October and that was it. In a very polite email, I kindly explained that I have a family and would need to plan a relocation to Idaho, and also leave my current job, and I requested to know whether a decision had been made yet. The admissions office responded with an over the top rude email that started with a question asking me if I had received their postcard that asked me not to contact them. Next, she wrote two paragraphs telling me why I shouldn't have emailed, how busy they are, and how they have no time to deal with applicants. Needless to say, I wont be attending Idaho next year. I am a military veteran - officer - with great work experience and a decent LSAT score and don't need to put up with that crap...
I'm glad to see they are making decisions this week! Yes, I spoke with DU admissions recently and they told me that when it no longer says ready for review, a decision has been made. I really hope they make a decision soon on me too!
Matthies - I am also considering the DU MBA program. What is your opinion of the MBA program there, and have you seen positive feedback from duel degree students etc. who are doing the JD/MBA, or just the MBA?
Also, I might as well ask you where the best places to rent a house would be within commuting/light rail distance to DU. I have been to the area three times, but not extensively. I have a family and need a house to rent. Thinking Highlands Ranch right now...