I'm extremely neurotic about this trend. Michigan was once, unquestionably, a T6 as well.Luckily, the other Dylan has been cheering me up lately.
Assuming, of course, the new rankings are legit.
Sure UofC has only dropped 1.5 places over the last couple of years, but placement in clerkships/academia varies substantially through the T14 spectrum. The current Dean seems unwilling to play U.S. News’s game. If this is true, the school should move back up if it begins to “game” the rankings. Still, UofC’s overall score of 80 is a bit troubling. The three schools tied for 9th have a score of 79, and it is possible to move up by multiple points in a single year. Chicago isn’t too far from being bumped even lower.That being said, I think the quality of UofC still rivals other T6 schools. However, if UofC refuses to play along with other T14s, it could spell trouble in the long-run. Rankings can become self-fulfilling prophecies.Thoughts?(And no, I don’t think this is a silly question. Many of us won’t enter the job market for 3-5 years.)