OperaSoprano wrote:I don't like the stranglehold the magazine has on law school administration
The main reason that stranglehold exists is because law students and applicants give them so much credence/attention.
/remembers a certain episode from a few years ago involving a frantic sprint through midtown.
Yes, I did that. For a simple prank, it changed my life in more ways than I can possibly recount, and some people think it moved my school to discover who I was on TLS (they admitted to doing so), as I was admitted from the waitlist nine days after I did it. Cardozo let me in four days before Fordham did.
(If you must know, I hadn't thought that far ahead when I got the rankings. I was bored and upset at my then-boyfriend for blowing me off that night, and it seemed like a grand adventure.)
As to students/applicants having that power, I don't know that we do, chup, at least not as individuals. We would have to organize and stand up to USNews in order to have any measurable power, and I don't see that happening. Individual institutions, especially high ranking ones, have a chance at fighting back alone, but we the students get to take it and like it, unless we band together or do what Observationalist and Jenesaislaw did with Law School Transparency.
What I did was a service to TLS. I didn't like the rankings then, and I grew to loathe them, while acknowledging the role that silly prank played in my own life.