Suffolk has a 1.9 peer rating (2007 edition) not 1.8, and was ranked 2.0 last year (2006 edition).
Suffolk's GPA/LSAT scores remain competitive with other T3 and T2 schools, and their 1st time bar passage rates remain over 80% in MA and CT. Because Suffolk has such a large number of graduates sitting for the bar each year, over 200 in May 2005, their passage rates are statistically significant. Compare this statistic with the number of students sitting for the bar from other schools, and you'll see that Suffolk's new ranking is truly unwarranted.
Moreover, if Suffolk law was actually equivalent to schools in the T4 bracket or even T3, you wouldn't see Ropes and Gray hiring at least three Suffolk graduates for its firm each year. In fact, Ropes and Gray has more Suffolk graduates represented in its firm than any other T3/T4 school