It's really sad to see USD falling below Pepperdine and into the likes of Pacific and Santa Clara.
I also am confused why USDs website says that by 9 months after grad, 93% had jobs and USNWR has 86%. Both for 2005. The 7% difference would be huge as far as the overall score is concerned, I believe.
Received this email from USD Today:-----------------"Dear XXX,We have received a few inquiries about the new law school rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Our tax program is ranked 10th in the country, and the overall "peer assessment" score for the University of San Diego School of Law—the ranking of the school by faculty and deans at other law schools—is 48th, higher than every other private law school in California except Stanford and USC. However, our overall rating declined, and some prospective students have asked for our perspective.Our initial analysis indicates that a very large percentage of the movement is attributable to a fairly small decline in our reported employment rate at nine months after graduation—down from 89% to 86%. We have recently become aware that our approach to answering some of the U.S. News placement questions was inconsistent with that followed by many other law schools, resulting in an understatement of our placement rates in comparison with those schools. It is also worth noting that the placement data employed by U.S. News lags behind the most recent data. This year's U.S. News rankings are based on data for the Class of 2005; the employment rate for our Class of 2006 for nine months after graduation will exceed 92% if the U.S. News formula remains the same as this year.In light of changes in our career services office, we anticipate even greater growth in our students' job prospects. Our new assistant dean of career services joined us just one week before the Class of 2006 graduated, and her staff and the resources available for their use have been greatly enhanced. We added 1.5 employees to the office for this academic year, and will be adding another position to the office this coming fall. In addition, we have recently secured a $250,000 contribution, as part of our current major fundraising campaign, specifically earmarked for enhancing student services, including career services. Moreover, we are expanding and renovating our career services offices this coming summer in time for the arrival of our new class. These tangible steps illustrate Dean Cole's continuing commitment to enhancing the support provided to students during their job searches. If you have any questions, about this or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 260-4528 or my associate director, Jorge Garcia, at email@example.com or (619) 260-2981. I look forward to welcoming you in August as you begin your legal careers. Carl EgingAssistant Dean of Admissions and Financial AidUniversity of San Diego School of Law"------------------I agree that it is sad to see USD fall to the ranks of other CA Law Schools like McGeorge, SCU, and even Pepperdine. I know TT is TT, but what if a jump from 65 to 85 indicates that next year, TTT is in the cards?Also, the Dean says "I look forward to welcoming you in Auguet as you begin your legal careers." I haven't been admitted yet. Does this mean an acceptance is on the way or are they just being cruel? Any thoughts?