You rock... people have been asking for that for ages. I'm not really interested in any of the schools in this category except Suffolk, which I was disappointed to see didn't move up.
I think the T3/T4 distinction doesn't mean that much anyway, though. To me there are the decent T3/T4, and then the T4 that are truly "TTTT" (I'd say Cooley, Appalachian, maybe Western New England and Roger Williams)
I don't think it's fair to schools like Suffolk, Hamline, William Mitchell, U Baltimore, that they're in the same category as the above.
I agree with that...there are many tier 4 schools that I think are much better than other schools in the same tier. What surprised me was that 2 schools in the 4the tier have bar passage rates of less than 30%! I think that the regional reps of Suffolk, Hamline, William Mitchell, etc...have excellent regional reps.
Talked to people at William Mitchell and Hamline and asked them to address their views on the USNWR rankings.
The WM lady : "We don't have to worry about that. We place all the people we need to locally, and this has been our focus from the start. If you graduate from here, you will have no problem passing the MN bar and working anywhere in Minnesota and Wisconsin."
The Hamline lady (the person who answered the phone at both places were women):
She laughed and said roughly, "Oh that. We put everything into local reputation and placement. Our focus is also on public interest and in mediation. We have never suffered from the rankings."
recent bar passage rates:
William Mitchell 88%
Oddly the impression that I got was that U of Minnesota, Hamline, or William Mitchell didn't take the USNWR rankings very seriously. But they did take their local rep in MN and WI very (very) seriously.
Good if you want to stay local, maybe no so great of you want to go national. Which of course could be said about most of the schools outside of the t40.
I'm just sayin' is all.