I think everything you said is true, but it is exactly what is wrong with legal education. * * * It is too bad the MacCrate report did not go any further than it did, but one failure doesn't mean people should stop. Hopefully more people like him stand up and make an attempt to change the system that is in serious need of reform.
Schools are literally putting significant amounts of money, resources, and time to boost the opinion of some magazine that has no authority and uses an absurd methodology to make their conclusions. It is so absurd that schools jump 20 spots any given year and they have 11 way ties in the rankings see the 11 way tie for 84th place. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+4 .
In a sense, this makes it even more important to evaluate these data points well . . . as employers WILL.
The "customers" of law schools are not students, but firms; students are the product. And, for their own reasons, firms like the system as it is.
To bigs, thank you. This is why we go to law school. = : )