I am interested that Texas article I put in 30 seconds of google searching, but have given up. Even regarding the ranking the regional schools does not seem to be of that much value I have heard from so many people that transferred from GGU to Hastings, Santa Clara, and USF and expect some unbelievable doors to open up, but they are unsatisfied and in more debt because honestly all four of those schools are just mediocre
...Just to go off another regional ranking tanget L.A. it is the same as the Bay Area I mean there is UCLA & USC. Those are bad-ass schools, but really is a Loyola Marymount graduate going to have more employers than someone from Southwestern begging them to work for the firm. That is the same logic in New York as well I am sure Columbia and NYU will open doors, but will Brooklyn do anymore for you than Fordham or Cardozo? I could be wrong, but when I worked in New York there were a ton of lawyers who worked together from school's of varyign rank and the ones that were most satisfied with their schools were the ones that went to CUNY and that is because they all almost no debt based on CUNY's in-state tuition. Some people got to pay 90K more for a prestigious tier 2 degree from Rutgers, but they ended in the same spot. Now the person in charge of everyone on my team went to Penn, which again is a baller school and it probably helped her obtain promotions etc. However, Rutgers, CUNY, New York Law School, Hofstra, Seton Hall, etc are not going to put you on the fast track to anything they will get you to the same spot and you will have to prove you are a good attorney. I am sure all of those schools provide you with the basis to become competent, , but you will need to put the work in. So unless you are going to an elite school go to the one that will get out with the least debt.
Maybe, but are you speaking from first hand experience or just basing it on the fact that some judge in Nebraska selected the very good instead of good when Fordham came up. Also how many big law attorneys do you know from Fordham I am sure there are some, but how many are going without. Again, I will use the bay as an example Hastings is a tier 1 I think, but they graduate twice as many students as the other schools. They have more attorneys in big law than GGU, Santa Clara, USF, but I also know a lot of unemployed people from Hastings and not so much the other schools. They pump out a ton of grads some make it some do not. Again, if you are a working attorney or hiring partner at some firm I will respect your opinion over mine, but honestly nobody outside of New York has heard of Fordham just as nobody outside of California has heard of Hastings despite their tier 1 ranking, which is gained literally by uninformed people feeling in a scantron of very good, good, etc. I though Brooklyn was tier 1 awhile ago and I am pretty sure it was and that just goes to show with schools like that by the time you graduate they might be in the tier 2's or you can go to a tier 2 or tier 3 that ends up in tier 1 by the time you graduate. The formula makes NO sense and that is why it varies so much from year to year.