RE: Emory and other schools hurting from placement stats:
Please beware of the statistics provided by the US News. There are a number of reasons for this word of caution.
1) Stats are completely self-reported, thus who really knows if schools that are reporting "100% placement at graduation" actually place that well.
2) It is no secret that the US News has previously suffered from reporting mistaktes by the schools (I believe Northwestern misreported a few years back and really took a nosedive). There are also schools that have alleged that the statistic printed by the US News is not the same as that which the school reported.
3) Statistics are inherently misleading. What you see is the total percentage of people who are placed within a certain period. However, the statistic does not reveal how many people actually applied for jobs and were denied. It does not take into account that many JD job applicants are interested in very specific teaching/public interest/corporate postitions and opt to wait for some time to get a position that ideally meets their specifications rather than immediately taking a job at a schoool/firm/organization/geographic area they do not like.
I would be more likely to take the rankings more seriously if they actually provided in-depth statistics about where people are applying, where they are being accepted and rejected, at what rate, and how many people are waiting for these very specialized positions, while turning down other immediately available ones.