Could new rankings change your mind?

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Could new rankings affect your decisions this cycle?

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No
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Are you kidding?
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toolfan
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Could new rankings change your mind?

Postby toolfan » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:45 pm

Although earth shattering shifts are unlikely, could new rankings, for better or worse, influence your decision to attend a law school?

Simply curious with the release of new rankings approaching and many seat deposits still outstanding.
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Bert
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Re: Will new rankings change your mind?

Postby Bert » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:49 pm

Maybe not change, but confirm. I am down to two, have a pretty good idea where I want to go, but I can't get the other one out of my head. Hopefully the USNWR will help calm the dissenting voices.

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Helmholtz
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Re: Will new rankings change your mind?

Postby Helmholtz » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:50 pm

I'm sorry, but if the new rankings play any part in where you decide to go to law school, you might need to question your decision-making capabilities.

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puppleberry finn
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Re: Will new rankings change your mind?

Postby puppleberry finn » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:50 pm

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Kohinoor
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Re: Could new rankings change your mind?

Postby Kohinoor » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:52 pm

I regularly rely on mass media to make important quantitative decisions.

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Helmholtz
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Re: Could new rankings change your mind?

Postby Helmholtz » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:53 pm

Kohinoor wrote:I regularly rely on mass media to make important quantitative decisions.


They told me to vote for Obama so I did.

toolfan
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Re: Could new rankings change your mind?

Postby toolfan » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:57 pm

Don't be facetious. I'm just curious.

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vanstone22
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Re: Could new rankings change your mind?

Postby vanstone22 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:13 pm

If a school I am seriously considering were to drop in the rankings and their employment stats became worse I would look at some others I'd been admitted to.

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Ragged
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Re: Could new rankings change your mind?

Postby Ragged » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:22 pm

Probably not. T3-T6-T12-T14 is not likely to change. And any rank shifts outside of T14 don't really matter since other factors such as location take precedent at that point.

MDPSteve
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Re: Could new rankings change your mind?

Postby MDPSteve » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:14 pm

vanstone22 wrote:If a school I am seriously considering were to drop in the rankings and their employment stats became worse I would look at some others I'd been admitted to.


The bolded.

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Re: Could new rankings change your mind?

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:47 pm

It would cause me to investigate why the school or schools in question fell or rose significantly in the rankings. Many are rethinking decisions, I suspect, about committing to Missouri, South Carolina or even Alabama since each experienced significant drops.

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gdane
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Re: Could new rankings change your mind?

Postby gdane » Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:38 pm

A drop in the rankings doesnt mean as much as people think. Dont look at the number, look at the points. Look at their bar passage rates. look at their employment statistics. A school can do nothing wrong/different, earn the same amount of points as the previous year and still drop 5 or more spots. Remember that a school dropping isnt always a result of something the school did. Sometimes it can happen because other schools went up. However, this doesnt mean that the school that went up is better.

Just take the rankings with a grain of salt. Dont let them influence you. A one year change is not going to cause that much of an impact.




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