« on: March 12, 2005, 10:44:20 AM »
The one thing you have to remember about rankings is that they can be easily manipulated by a school. And increase in apps, more alumni giving and reputation based can all be misleading. For instance, the University of Memphis has a great reputation within the state of Tennessee. They have a great bar passing rate and placement rate. And yet it is ranked lower because it has fewer apps than UTK, since Memphis is a hell hole (in my opinion) and therefore a less selective pool of apps to choose from. In addition, all judges and lawyers have heard of the big schools. If a judge or attorney (say from NY) doesn't know much about a regional school, they get a worse reputation score even if the school has a great rep locally. I was recently talking to an attorney friend of the family, and while he freely admits your Yales and Harvards are great school that will yield you a jobs, the lower "ranked" schools can still yield you fanatastic jobs in life and great opportunities. He keeps pushing me to rememer that grades, rank and contacts will mean much more than I realize right now. So go where you feel comfortable, feel happy and affordable...don't get all caught up in rankings.