What are your thoughts on FIU passing Miami in the near future? Over the past couple years the numbers required to get into FIU have increased dramatically (with identical LSAT median as Stetson!) With a tuition under $10k/year, it is a fraction of UMiami's cost so their applicant pool is enormous. Their law center is grand-spanking new and they have the state's resources. Is FIU's passing of Miami inevitable? Will/Can Miami do what is necessary to stay on top in South Florida? If I am going to pay over $100k for a Miami degree I want to be assured it will not be obsolete. What do you guys think???
I wouldn't worry about it. For one thing, one of the main components of the USNWR rankings is their reputation scores, which accounts for 40% of the overall score. FIU's scores are a 1.6 and a 1.5 (3.1 total). To give you some reference, there are just 4 T4 schools with a lower total score and the second lowest total score for another T3 schools is a 3.7.
While FIU can raise their numbers, the most important thing postgrad is the reputation of your school and how easy it is to get a job. So while FIU has many things going for it and should attract some better students in the future, it will take a while for those students to get out into the legal profession to help improve the schools reputation. So FIU may pass Miami eventually, but I believe that it is highly unlikely to happen before you get go to apply for your first job after law school, and after that your school ranking really doesn't matter that much.
Just as a point of reference, UMiami's reputation scores are 2.8 and 3.0 (5.8 total). That puts Miami in the top 1/3 of all schools (I believe it is around 60th) and it is tied with FSU for #2 in the state.