legalease9 wrote:My opinion on Best ranking...
% of graduates who make six figures+
% of graduates who have Article III clerkships+
% of graduates who went into PI careers
This judges schools based on the three job types graduates actually want, while eliminating the low level shit-law jobs no one wants.
This is not perfect, (or even close) but it at least gets at what matters. I still don't know how you will ever get truly accurate employment info w/o compulsory disclosure of salary and career (which will never happen). That is the missing link that will forever make rankings at least partially BS.
The bolded is a horrible idea. Can you really imagine that working?
1) Schools that exist in major markets would have higher salaries than schools currently ranked higher that aren't (i.e. Hofstra would have higher salaries than UF)
2) Many secondary legal markets have a "market rate" pay of around $100,000 - about half below and half at - and these jobs are just as difficult to get as $160,000 in NY/DC/LA/IL
3) Schools in major markets could just get a lower percentage reporting and have $160,000 as their median
Ultimately, ranking schools by salaries is almost as useless as ranking schools by their "big law" placement (which is almost as stupid as setting the line of big law at 250 firms when they could easily add another 150 firms that would also provide "big law" experiences/size).
There is so little hard data available for potential law students that they will cling to anything.