Hopefullawstudent wrote: Desert Fox wrote:
PDaddy wrote:More than a few people believe that GULC or Cornell will fall soon. The argument is over which school will replace the school that falls. I put money on Vandy, but a lot of people feel it will be UCLA. I hope the T14 gets blasted. It will be the shot heard 'round the world! Things will never be the same.
Get ready for T13. Because nobody is going to call Vandy a T14 because it got in there for one year.
More likely than the T14 actually changing is that the legal markets will evolve/grow over time and this will affect particular schools' rankings (ahem, UCLA, Texas). Unfortunately for Vandy I just don't see anything sprouting up in middle America that will cause Vandy to become a "go to" for job placement.
[For the record, I absolutely LOVE Vanderbilt and it will always be highly respected. Still, I just don't see the markets developing to where Vanderbilt becomes geographically more advantageous than it currently is. UCLA, you bet. Texas, maybe.]
Good argument, except for the fact that the very reason you cite as Vanderbilt's non-inclusion is really its strength. It is a top school that recruits students who want to go to other markets. Think of Tulane and how it appears to be more "national" than schools ranked above it. Vandy could begin and continue a trend of recruiting nationally, targeting students who want to work in L.A., S.F., Chicago, Seattle, and even Houston. We all know Vandy places in NY, ATL and, to a lesser degree, D.C.
Thing is, Vandy has more potential to recruit that type of base, whereas UCLA is always going to have a niche market and recruit for it. Even though UCLA grads are certainly competitive enough to work anywhere in the country and for any employer, I think that limits UCLA. Nobody wants to leave So. California. Vandy is already the rich man's Tulane, but doesn't realize it yet. Once it does, I believe it can be a consistent #11-14.