First of all, for people still undecided on Emory, you might have heard about the rankings fiasco that went down this year. It seems there was a mistake in the number reported to USNWR w/ respect to the percentage of graduates who find jobs however long after graduation. That being said, it was too late for USNWR to re-rank Emory after the mistake was caught, so they added a little "*" next to Emory w/ a note saying "oops! these numbers are incorrect, but we're not re-ranking just yet."
Why you should care: if you care about rankings at all (which I hear is ridiculously important to a lot of people), you might be interested to know that a professor of Intellectual Property Law, Internet Law, Entertainment Law, Copyright Law, and Contract Law at Chapman University School of Law thinks he may have figured out the ranking algorithm used by US News. Here's his blog:http://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2005/05/gory-details-by-demand.html
*Note that Emory is placed in the 20s again w/ this ranking system (using the correct data). Also, after emailing him, he gave some more specific numbers (first score is USNWR, second is his):
U. of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign 60 59.36
Boston Coll. 59 59.61
Coll. of William and Mary (VA) 59 58.60
Fordham U. (NY) 59 58.80
U. of North Carolina – Chapel Hill 59 58.97
U. of Washington 59 59.78
Emory U. (GA) 58 59.28
Why I posted this: I'm very excited about going to Emory Law next year, and I'm getting a bit tired of all the rankings talk. If you like the school, you like the school. I was convinced at admit weekend that Emory is an exceptional place to be.