The dubious value of law school rankings:
According to US News, Pace U. Law is a Tier 3 school (due, in part, to its outstanding environmental law program, no?) whereas Suffolk U. Law is Tier 4.
In sharp (if not, stark) contrast, however, The Law School 100 ranks Suffolk in the Top 100 and Pace is lumped in with the lower-tiered also-rans.
And finally, according to ILRG's 2003 statistics, the two schools are nearly identical:
Accept Rate: 35.40%
S/F Ratio: 16.2
Employ @Grad/9Mos: 61%/91.50%
Bar Pass/State Avg: 64.80%/76%
Accept Rate: 48.30%
S/F Ratio: 18.7
Employ @Grad/9Mos: 61.40%/93.90%
Bar Pass/State Avg: 77.30%/81%
I recently persuaded Suffolk to take me off their Wait List and into their Day Division F/T - whereas I had previously accepted Pace's offer (and must now decline).
Without getting into too much detail: my wife and life are in Boston and it was more or less a necessity I remain here and attend law school in Boston (I asked Northeastern and BU for the same opportunity, but they declined).
Ultimately my questions are:
What is the value of law school rankings if they differ?
Have any of you read the Ph.D-penned paper debunking the validity of US News' law school rankings [ http://www.aals.org/validity.html
Am I really doing myself and my wife and future family a disservice by attending a Tier 4 vs. a Tier 3?
Or do the rankings themselves (outside, arguably the Top 25 if not the Top 10) mean as much as the popular vote in a presidential election?