GermX wrote:I don't get why you guys think that the US News Rankings won't influence employers. I don't mean an employer is going to go "well, GW=20, Fordham=34, therefore, I take the GW guy", but they might think, okay, GW Law is advancing in the rankings and seems to be the better school, so lets have a preference for that law school this year over Fordham.
I just feel like graduating from a now not even T-30 school=entering a world of even more intense competition for NY jobs.
And yes, I do want NY law, and I know GW Law can provide that. It isn't NY or bust though--its "job or bust". Working in D.C. would not be a bad option if the pay is good.
Employers care about rankings ONLY to the extent that they represent long-term trends
. No employer is going to think that Fordham grads are somehow less talented this year just because of a fall in the rankings. Fordham has traditionally been a consensus top-30 school, and will likely continue to be.
Some people even think it's top-20 caliber, like GWU was, is and has long been. I am sure that GWU's recent decline made people think twice about going there, and I am sure many of those people (now 2L's and 3L's) are regretting making such a hasty, uninformed decision. If they picked Fordham, BU, BC, W & M, W & L, ND, or Indiana over GWU because of ranking, they picked for the wrong reason...as you are doing now.
GermX wrote:I gave plenty of reasons, but cited the rankings as the final reason that pushed me towards choosing GW Law. I'm pretty much waiting on Cornell at this point, which of course I would attend over GW Law.
Why..."of course"? Is Cornell that much better than GWU? Is it better? Some people think Cornell is extremely overrated and overranked. And are it's programs and course offerings better for you? Is the environment in Ithaca better than that in D.C.? Why..."of course"?
I will tell you why: the rankings dictate your choices of schools. Some dude who doesn't even know you, who has created a jacked up methodology for ranking schools, who knows little or nothing about law, legal education or the schools he is ranking, is running your life...determining your future. So, why don't you give me your bank account numbersso that I can "invest" your money for you. It seems as though you like to let others make important choices for you.