True of most schools. In denver DU has avery very positive image. Step outside the state however and you'll get a very different picture. For all but the very best schools regional rankings would make more sense.
Yeah. ...and by what do you mean "a different picture"? Will people not hear of it or will people just say that their graduates are phuck ups?
He means that in Denver, it's a great school to go to. In California or Virginia, it's not going to open as many doors/be viewed as well.
There is no point in saying Denver is a 2nd tier school if your ambition is to study, work, and live in Denver -- then going to Denver, for that person, is probably just as good a decision as leaving to go elsewhere simply because of rank.
These examples get more gray in certain regions (like Philadelphia, where some t14 grads want to be, where there is a t14 law school, etc.) but even in these cases, regional rankings would mean more/make more sense because if your goal is to live/study/work in one area, it doesn't really matter as much that 50-90 law schools might be nationally ranked ahead of the school(s) in your area.