Just curious-I live in a state that has 2 law schools.One school is a tier one and the other is a tier 3. For the tier 3 school I would be in the 75th percentile- if accepted to the tier one school I'd barely be in the 25th percentile. I plan to stay in Iowa and was thinking even though U of Iowa is considered a better school I would be better off at Drake if accepted at both. Wouldn't it be better for me to attend a school where my numbers are stronger then attend a school where I'm already at a disadvantage?I would appreciate all opinions
... but as I said a million times once you go outside of the top 25 and maybe top 50 schools the U.S. News Ranking means basically nothing. That is based on my limited experience up this point though.
I'm not sure that is true regionally. Folks still look at how LS stack against one another in a region, so by proxy those rankings matter. I am in MI where there is clearly a pecking order observed when looking at the schools: obviously U of M stands alone at the top, next you have MSU, U of Detroit, and Wayne State running as a pack and generally seen as equivalent by firms, then you have Cooley which clearly stands alone as the bottom of the pecking order. Fewer law schools in a state or region - matters less, but there is still a pecking order based on the tiers and rankings. So to one extent, whether Wayne State ranks higher or lower than Michigan State matters less; however, comparing Wayne State to Cooley definitely matters.